The first amendment and freedom of the press make up the very foundation on which America is built. Diverse opinions and representation from all points of view are important and the only way to ensure a progressive, thinking society. That’s why I’m really troubled by Google’s recent attack on independent journalism.
Last week, Google removed the entire Natural News website from its search results. In other words, Google will not display any of the 140,000 articles and pages on NaturalNews.com regardless if the content is relevant.
The action is a cause for concern. Natural News is one of the world’s top resources for health, education, and activism related information. What motivations would Google have for completely banning Natural News?
Some have speculated the move could be a response to a violation of Google’s Terms of Service, but Mike Adams maintains that Natural News follows the rules. And, even more, web technology experts have analyzed the Natural News website and are unable to find any reasonable explanation why Google would ban the entire website.
Google, an organization notorious for acting without explanation, remains silent—and that’s unacceptable.
This move sets a bad precedent. It’s up to us, the American citizens, to judge information for ourselves. Personally, I believe in free speech and access to information; I don’t want search engines to filter my content.
Google is restricting access to legitimate news stories and well-researched articles. The absence of Natural News from Google’s index means that, right at this very moment, millions of people are being denied valuable information that’s not reported by corporate-controlled media.
Much of the media is corporate-controlled and has consolidated to form just a handful of conglomerates. The amount of political bias is staggering. Not to mention that major outlets have proven to be vulnerable to manipulation and coercion. Independent media is the last source of truth, and it’s more important now than ever.
I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers who support Natural News and want to know how they can help. Mike Adams has started a petition to the administration to halt Google’s suppression of free speech. Over 60,000 people have already signed this petition, but they need 100,000 to get a response from the White House.
I urge you to sign the petition and tell the administration that free speech matters to you.
Update: February 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm CST
Since this article was published, Natural News has been reinstated in Google. Although this specific situation has been resolved, we still need to take action to make sure this can’t happen again. We are calling upon the administration to set precedence that freedom of information, from all sources, is important to the American people. I urge you to still sign the petition to tell the administration that you support independent journalism and freedom of speech.
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