Google’s Mass Surveillance Power Threatens Democracy

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On Monday, US President Donald Trump criticized tech giant Google for allegedly spreading misinformation about him and accused the company of hiding stories with positive content about his presidency.

“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD… 96% of results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!” Trump said Tuesday on Twitter.

​Dr. Robert Epstein, the senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear that while Trump’s outrage was directed at Google’s reported suppression of right-wing outlets, beneath the surface are huge implications about Google’s power and ability to surveil virtually every part of people’s lives.

“The censorship phenomenon, I’ve been writing about that for quite awhile,” Epstein told hosts John Kiriakou and Brian Becker.

“I did an investigative piece for US News and World Report called ‘The News Censorship,’ and because of Trump’s tweets on the issue, I would urge people to take a look at that article again. There are legitimate issues here, whether Trump is right or wrong, and whether conservative stories are being suppressed.”

“That, in my opinion, is irrelevant to the larger issues here, which is that Google has the power, so does Facebook and Twitter, to suppress all kinds of material. It acknowledges suppressing all kinds of material, and who on Earth gave it that kind of power to determine what 2.5 billion people around the world see or don’t see? That’s the big issue here,” Epstein added.

On Tuesday, Google said that its search results didn’t favor a particular political ideology.

“Search is not used to set a political agenda, and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” a Google spokesperson said.

On Tuesday, Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow told reporters that the US administration is considering the possibility of tightening regulations on Google.

When asked whether the Trump administration was looking into possible regulation for Google, Kudlow said, “We’ll let you know. We’re taking a look at it,” Sputnik reported Tuesday.

“The Trump administration might be going ahead, somewhat aggressively, looking into the regulation of Google,” Epstein told Radio Sputnik.

“Google and Facebook have nothing to sell except us. So, it’s a completely different business model [than Microsoft]. Microsoft sells a few things, but mainly they sell software. Google sells us,” Epstein continued.

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“It’s a business model, the surveillance business model, which I believe should be illegal, in part because it is inherently deceptive, but also because it’s a tremendously dangerous because of the information they are collecting about us and the ways they are discovering to use that information, not just to determine what we buy and who we vote for, but ultimately to build models of us that allow companies to predict our behavior and ultimately to exercise more and more control over our thinking and behavior. It’s a dangerous and deceptive business model which should be illegal. Period,” Epstein argued.

“The fact is that major news organizations and major universities very mindlessly and naively share all of their emails, outgoing and ingoing, and very important documents with Google, naively thinking that Google doesn’t share, store or analyze such information. The fact is, we are talking about organizations like the New York Times, The Guardian, the Financial Times. We are talking about the Daily Caller, The Hill. All of these organizations and many more and major universities share all of their email with Google. It’s absolutely absurd,” Epstein added.

“Google is the biggest data miner in the history of humankind. Google in fact collects the data and stores this sensitive data. This gives Google the ability to monitor ongoing investigations. This gives Google the ability to assess companies that they might want to buy to make interesting stock decisions. This gives Google access to a world of information that they should have no access to whatsoever,” Epstein continued.

On Tuesday, The US president also told reporters at the White House that Google is taking advantage of a lot of people and characterized the charge against the tech giants as very serious. Trump said “thousands and thousands of complaints” were coming in about the tech companies.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. I wrote some truths on Google and the algorithm took them down within ten minutes. I don not write for Google now as they steal and obliterate my Intellectual Property.

  2. ““Search is not used to set a political agenda, and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology,” a Google spokesperson said.”

    Pure BS. Results are “doctored” if one observed their results OVER THE YEARS.

  3. “the ways they are discovering to use that information”. And the common person, due to the structure of our education system and the dogmas of religion, have no idea how creative folks can be with the data. The limits of ability to “Herd” is not viewable to the common person. Keywords used at certain times, can be more influential than other times. It is the ability to sit and watch the fortune grow, and the extended plot of whomever becomes realized. The e-mail should be publicly owned, and any company above a certain size should be broken up, immediately. DC has no clue how far it already is. Maybe they will act when they realize how easily herded they are. It is like a plaything. It is outside the law, and residing happily.

    • I want to expound and elaborate, because the author “​Dr. Robert Epstein ” is very correct in what he says and this particular blend of strong feelings and ambitions to share with the public, are discerned by observers to mean authentic and derived from experience and confirmed information. If I had access to the data Google has. If I had access to the money Google has. What could I do in my first three weeks ? As an amateur , calendrist , I could with these tools, do things, that the public would not approve of in any way shape or form.
      And that is just calendrics, say nothing of medicine, history, or current intelligence. OMG, the data plus the money is a no brainer, this is a train to Tyranny. Power seeks a place to flow just like water, the trick is to make sure it flows evenly. The data accumulation is very much out of balance. Whatever scenario you have in your mind the reality is farther. Take it to the bank.

  4. This threatens every one of us not just democrazy but also all systems world wide. Cosmic fashism look at Preston James´article

  5. NOT buying our NATIONAL VICTIM.
    Trump could care less about Google’s control over average folk.
    Does he even use a computer?
    He’s just looking for another way to hedge if he goes to impeachment.
    He will claim Billionaire Victim… to his TrumpBots whilst their heads explode.
    Let’s remember, the media made Trump.
    So all this “I am victim” is just BS

  6. Dearest VT,

    Your site is just like the checkout counter at Walmart with the “Hillary” is an alien on the enquirer and other “publications” of course you pepper in some tremendous journalism as with this story!

    I think that one should shut off ones phone and go outside.

    Remember this Mr. Duff as if they get tRump we will get Pence and get the genocide of the elderly with massive cuts to social security and Medicare and a transfer of even more wealth to that military complex if that is possible!

    Well the old white folks voted these people in as maybe they should get what they deserve?

    What would I know

    Nine

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