Did Google Ban Alex Jones’ Infowars ?

    January 20, 2012
    Shawn Hess
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Is Google being hypocritical, especially in light if their robust SOPA protesting? Is there legitimate reason for blocking Infowars, and other sometimes controversial sites from appearing in their search results? Is this even happening?

According Infowars.com, it is happening. While Google doesn’t appreciate the government illegally censoring certain web material, they seem fine taking the liberty to do it themselves. Here’s a video by Alex Jones from a little over a year ago addressing the issue. This seems SOPA-esq in nature:

This is a truly provoking video from Jones however; there is some contradiction in what he’s claiming. Apparently, the entire story is a big misunderstanding or sensationalism (who knows which). Here’s is what BigJimW10 had to say about, which captures the essence of what happened quite nicely:

“If you read the email he posted in his video, you will see that it clearly states that he had his video flagged and they reviewed the flagged video and agreed to it. Since he obviously had more than 2 comunity guideline strikes within the past 6 months, this was the third and they put a temporary restriction on UPLOADING new videos until he goes into his account page and acknowloges the strikes. At that point, his ability to UPLOAD videos will automatically be reinstated within 2 weeks. There is no conspiratorial censorship going on at all. Everyone (including Jones) would have this happen if community guidelines are broken”.

“As for Prisonplanet.tv and infowars, this seems to be a totally seperate unrelated issue that just happened to come along at the same time Jones had received his guidelines strike notification. Google news apparently is starting to clean out the spam news that they get daily, and it just happened that these two sites are no longer a news source to Google News. Google has no authority to shut the sites down and the sites are still indexed into Googles search engine”.

Still Jones and Infowars persists most recently that Google does have it out for them and make reference to the number of direct orders, to Google, by the U.S. Government, increasing by 70% and compliance, as reported by Google, is at 29%. Jones is viewing this as a direct assault on his news organization. The predominant reason given for the censorship by Google is “government criticism”.

To me, it seems just as likely that Infowars has it out for Google, as is the reverse. One thing is clear however; it doesn’t appear that Google’s censorship is unique to Infowars. Controversial material or “government criticism” is prone to removal from Google search results by admission of Google themselves. Censorship is not a cut and dry issue, there are a lot of grey areas, we can’t fight every battle. Infowars may have a legitimate claim though….

I’ll leave you with this sentiment from a current Infowars report:

“Who needs government to censor the Internet when large corporations are already doing it? Amidst all the anti-SOPA rage, we should not be so naive as to give the likes of Google a pass when considering the totality of threats posed to free speech on the world wide web”.

  • Mike

    Great article, except in this case,jones is actually right. Google changed their community guidelines, which is linked directly to legislation outlined in several sections in SOPA. Follow the money and the money will show you which side Google was really on.

  • http://sovereignthink.wordpress.com sovereignthink

    There is original daily news content on Jones’ sites, and he is constantly breaking news stories picked up by Drudge, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, RT and other sites deemed ‘real news’ by google’s SOPA style closed committee.

    Infowars, PrisonPlanet and Jones’ daily radio get more traffic than all of those ‘main stream news’ sites with the exception of Drudge.

    If webpronews was not allowed into the indexing of the google ‘news’ searches.

    What if webpronews were considered junk news in google’s ‘cleanup’; in googles censorship of ‘news’

    Thanks for at least taking the interest.

    Sorry you got it wrong.


  • John

    Google sucks, have never used it, prefer other search engines that don’t pry into your lives, go to hell guugle

  • Chris Green

    Fuck you google leave our first ammendment alone cocksuckers

  • http://www.nourishingnation.com Nancy Piscatello

    You must be kidding, right? If google hasn’t censored Alex Jone’s and infowars.com, then where are his articles? All I see are articles “debunking” him and calling him a conspiracy theorist. Too bad all his ‘theories’ are backed by mainstream news reports and declassified government documents. If google has nothing to hide and IS NOT supporting our hijacked government, then put infowars back. Simple.

  • emthos

    To be very honest I never use the Google newsfeed since there’s no interesting news in it. Basically it’s a long list of mainstream media or I should say propaganda war machine.

  • Ben Dover

    More of a disinformation campaign against Alex Jones. The dinosaur media can’t handle the truth getting out to the sheep!

  • Ben DoverSheepke

    Alex Rocks and Google will suffer. Alex is almost never wrong. Googles shares hare seen some serious price dropping just recently.

    Wake up the Sheeple.

  • Claude Pichon

    Who is Google to censor controversial material? When exactly Google has said that they will censor politically incorrect news? What about the Drudge Report which is also censor? Drudge doesn’t even publish original material, it only redirect to news available on others website. What about Global Research, Press for Thru, Corbett report, or FairWindAssociates?
    I think that I will have to reduce considerably my relation with Google from now on. I can’t support those “secret rules” that even Google try to deny. I see clearly now.

  • gig

    Google claims to be this open internet company but censors legitamte news sites. Shame on you google.

  • Aaron

    fk google keep it up alex ppl need to join
    the resistance1!!!!

  • anonymouscoward

    Go into google news and serch for infowars nothing comes up except for this horrible article.

  • Sargonarhes

    Wait, “The predominant reason given for the censorship by Google is “government criticism”.”

    Isn’t that exactly what the first amendment is all about? government criticism? Free speech to criticize the government. So how can Google claim they don’t appreciate the government illegally censoring certain web material, when they clearly feel they can themselves?

  • anonymous

    haha this article is funny. what a joke.. they say alex is crazy and then at the end admit that google censors political speech! also it was written that as soon as he admits to the strikes they AUTOMATICALLY reinstate his uploading ablity….. WITHIN 2 WEEKS hahahaha. and whats even funnier is that they go on to say that Mr. Jones is contradicting himself. YOU ARE DONE FOR LYING WHORE MEDIA. WE SEE YOU. WE ARE EVERYWHERE. YOU CANNONT STOP US. YOU CANNOT STOP AN IDEA WHOS TIME HAS COME.

  • http://www.screamlikearockstar.com Screaming Lessons

    Down with the establishment! They will never stop this BS until they have the internet under complete control.

    RON PAUL 2012!

  • tyler

    this is un called for, its time to stop the take over. i found out 4 months ago, about the N D A A, ,and crazy man i became, the problem is the lax atitude of the people, some one needs to help him with seting up another site quick