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Google is a search engine giant.

It has tremendous power over what you see on the Internet — and what you don’t see.

Recently, Google announced that it would like to use a “knowledge vault” to begin ranking its search results based on “facts” rather than popularity.

The problem — Who decides what constitutes the facts?

CFACT’s Marc Morano, who edits our Climate Depot news and information service, recently appeared on Fox News to discuss the potential that Google’s knowledge vault could lead to biased results and censorship.  You can watch the interview here.

Google made its announcement at a time when global warming pressure groups are putting on a full-court press to censor and exclude any facts from the climate debate that weaken their case.  They’ve attacked scientists like Willie Soon, Fred Singer and Roger Pielke, Jr., and hope to silence anyone who dares to question them.  Is this initiative by Google simply aiding and abetting their attempts to muzzle all opposition?

It’s hard to imagine how Google can start picking and choosing the facts without imposing bias. Someone will have to make the call to exclude or diminish what they consider unfashionable or minority viewpoints in search results.

The potential for abuse is real and cause for concern.


  • Craig Rucker

    Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.