Fox News Fights The Fake News Monopoly

These algorithms are already potent, but they are destined to be much more formidable, and their abundant potential to skew news and skewer customers needs to be better understood and monitored,

Robert Thompson, Chief Executive, News Corp.

 

When Democrats refuse to acknowledge or investigate the truth, their default offense is to claim that the charge is “a hoax,” or “debunked,” in spite of the evidence.

In the case of Google’s role in censoring conservative content, Google admits they have manipulated algorithms and have partnered with ‘more authoritative sources’ news  to bring “high quality journalism” to its’ top search results and feeds.

According to TechCrunch: “Chief Business Officer Phillipp Schindler said ‘Google has already been adjusting its algorithms to prioritize ‘more authoritative sources,’ and it’s also highlighting verified sources in its results with a Top News section…Google search ‘by its very nature depends on the open web and depends on open access to information and that obviously depends on high quality information.’

Second, he noted that Google’s DoubleClick ad business is all about splitting revenue with publishers, with $12.6 billion paid out to partners last year. ‘The economics are very clear: ‘If you do not grow, we do not grow,’ Schindler said.”

Therefore, if you are not deemed authoritative by the titans of tech, your content will not be prioritized and you will suffer direct financial consequences.  Not surprisingly, it is conservative content and a variety of conservative publications who are suffering.

Yet, this proof is “baseless” and ‘a hoax’  according to Senator Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

According to Breitbart, Jerry Nadler received over $20,000 from Google Parent company Alphabet between 2017 and 2018, receiving, on average $10,000 per year in previous years. 

According to Open Secrets, Nadler received a total of $20,800 from Alphabet Inc. between 2017 and 2018, and a total of $18,350 between 2013 and 2014.

Records from the Federal Election Commission also reveal that Nadler has received regular disbursements from the Google Inc. NetPac in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, usually totalling $10,000 a year.

Alphabet Inc. was the highest contributor to Nadler’s campaign and leadership PAC in 2018, while Facebook also donated $2,500.

The manipulation of algorithms in order to pick winners and losers in search results, whereby the winners are politically and financially aligned with Google, is a toxic relationship between media, government and tech–a monopoly who has an enormous power to influence and change opinions according to the world view of a filtered few, instead of a world view based on the opinions of many.

Raising awareness of these manipulative alliances and monopolies will not be led by paid senators like Jerry Nadler, as he benefits both financially and politically.  The awareness and related challenges are being led, most recently, by News Corp.

According to Deadline Hollywood:

News Corp. used its third quarter investor call as a platform to continue its attack on the two dominant tech platforms whose outsized influence and practices are having a “deleterious effect” on journalism.

Chief Executive Robert Thomson expressed concern about the opaque role of algorithms, the secret, behind-the-scenes calculations that determine what information consumers see. He called for the creation of an Algorithm Review Board to monitor for abuse.

“These algorithms are already potent, but they are destined to be much more formidable, and their abundant potential to skew news and skewer customers needs to be better understood and monitored,” Thomson said. “And an Algorithm Review Board, or ARB, would be particularly useful in the oversight of companies, which have horizontal dominance, and use that leverage to dominate a vertical, such as Amazon with audiobooks and, potentially, Facebook with dating.”

An ARB board could ensure that algorithms are not picking winners and losers in this information age, especially if  these tech companies are protected by their claims of being a neutral platform.  If journalists are picked according to ideology and subjective opinions, and if information is purposely suppressed to advance a certain narrative, then journalism is no longer about discovery and reporting, it is simply a vehicle of propaganda.

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