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Did Google become ‘big brother’?

Google headquarters in -Mountain View, California, US
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Concerning news out of Australia has many warning again, that Big Tech’s powers must be reined in. A recent report alleges that Google, easily the largest search engine on the internet, was experimenting with ways to block access to news sites in that country. It was responding to the Australian government’s announcement that it is considering having Big Tech companies, such as Google and Facebook, pay for links to local news sources.

However, this ability to manipulate search queries could be abused in so many ways with Google also blocking news it simply doesn’t agree with. Many allege that it is just another example of Google ability to abuse its monopolistic hold on the internet.

Breitbart explains:

Tech giant Google is under fire after it revealed that it blocked some Australian news sites from search results as part of an “experiment.” Critics call it a “chilling illustration” of the company’s stranglehold on internet search.

Business Insider reports that the Silicon Valley tech giant Google is facing major criticism after it was revealed that the company removed some local news content from its search results in Australia as part of an “experiment.” Critics have called the situation a “chilling illustration” of the power that Google holds over the internet. […]

Nine, the publisher behind the Sydney Morning Heraldtold the Guardian in a statement: “Google is an effective monopoly and by withholding access to such timely, accurate and important information they show clearly how they impact what access Australians have to that. At the same time, Google are now demonstrating how easily they can make Australian news providers who fall out of their favour effectively disappear from the internet – a chilling illustration of their extraordinary market power.”

READ: Google ‘Experiment’ Hid Some News Sources from Consumers

There have been repeated calls to break up these Big Tech companies in an effort to allow for more competition. Apple, Google and Amazon recently ganged up on Parler, that was becoming a social media alternative to Twitter. At the same time, Google and Apple removed Parler from their app stores, Amazon gave Parler a couple days notice that it would no longer be hosting the site.

The popular social media site has been down since Sunday, Jan 10, 2021, as it searches for a new hosting site. However, Parler’s CEO recently admitted that it may not recover from the shut down. READ: Parler CEO says social media app may not return

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