During the first Democratic debate, Tulsi Gabbard got noticed. Quickly she spiked to be the most “Googled” topic. During this spike, Google blocked Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign ads and she is now suing Google over this.
Meanwhile, in another part of the web-universe: Steven Crowder discovered that when people used Google to search for his videos by name, his videos didn’t come up on the search. When many of his fans pointed out that they were able to successfully search for his videos, he made a discovery. If the person doing the search was in the United States, his videos didn’t come up. Everywhere else in the world the same search produced links to his videos.
This past weekend Tulsi Gabbard was back in the news because of her spat with Hillary. Once again, she spiked way up in Google searches. During this spike, Crowder did some research. He found that searches for Tulsi Gabbard did not yield her ads if the search was in the United States. Searches performed anywhere else in the world, where people could not vote for her, brought up Gabbard ads.
In short, Google is doing all it can to influence the outcome of the Democratic primary election. This should disturb you, even if you don’t like Tulsi Gabbard. I don’t like her polices and would never vote for her. Still, I find this to be very disturbing.
I know Google is private and as every right to do this. Therefore, we need to express enough outrage that they will be forced to change their ways. This post is my attempt to do so.