Google has released a “transparency report” that reveals it is working hand-in-glove with international governmental agencies to censor its search results and to rat-out its users. The report shows that in the last half of 2011, the United States alone requested 6,192 individual pieces of content be removed from Google’s search results, blog posts or archives of online videos. That’s a 718% increase from the first half of 2011, and Google complied with 42% of those requests.
It’s difficult to know which is worse: the idea that U.S. attempts to censor the Internet increased by 718% in just six months, or that Google caved-in on almost half of them.
Angry Tea Partiers stopped arguing over what their theme song should be when one of the group’s leaders looked up from his comic book and announced that Captain America is a “socialist Obama-loving liberal”. As proof this frame from a recent “Captain America” comic was handed around the table at the Denny’s where the group was holding their monthly meeting.
The Tea Party complained about the "tea bag" reference in this frame of the "Captain America" comic
At this link you should be seeing a fat white guy in a stupid hat reading the lyrics to a bad “rap song” about Barack Obama. But you don’t because YouTube removed it, citing “copyright infringement”. I’ve seen the video. It’s Kansas state Rep. Bill Otto, apparently sitting in an outhouse, doing a very bad rap satire. There’s no music. As far as I can tell he isn’t using someone elses’ words. Perhaps there is a copyright on stupidity?
Otto’s daughters removed the video once already, being mortified that their old man could be such a blazing moron. But Bill Otto isn’t the kind of guy who’s thwarted by intelligence – he put it back. Then YouTube took it down because they are now a big corporate site and big corporate sites are known for their repressive policies, often just made-up on the spur of the moment because they feel like it.
Censorship: it’s not just for tin pot dictators and communist regimes anymore. It’s as American as running a massive deficit.