Monday, June 30, 2008

Victory through censorship

Google flagged at least seven anti-Obama blogs as spam and shut them down at least temporarily. It seems that the targeted blogs (click for list) were not conservative but rather pro-Hillary. For example, "Hillary or Bust" has moved from Google's blogspot to a new URL while Nobama has moved from blogspot to wordpress. It is not clear yet whether (see update) this move was by Google's political arm or the result of a dirty tricks campaign by Obama supporters.

UPDATE: Google is now suggesting another possibility: "While we are still investigating, we believe this may have been caused by mass spam e-mails mentioning the “Just Say No Deal” network of blogs, which in turn caused our system to classify the blog addresses mentioned in the e-mails as spam."

UPDATE II: The New York Times now has this story (but no new info).

1 comment:

Stephen said...

Google needs to take responsibility for censoring these blogs by publicly apologizing and pledge to never censor content again...force them to change or else we will blog on non-Google platforms:

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