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05 December 2016 @ 05:45 am
Infowars  
Haters gaming the search engines to tell us Jews, women, and Muslims are evil.

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Ayesha: me sortabrowngirl on December 5th, 2016 05:25 pm (UTC)
... well that' horrifying.
What can ordinary people do against such reckless hate?
Sharon Kahndreamshark on December 6th, 2016 03:46 am (UTC)
How about typing a few countering searches into Google every time you use it?

I typed "Muslims are good" and "Muslims are not terrorists" into my Google search box. Now every time I type "Muslims" I get those two suggestions, because Google is always trying to be helpful. Maybe if we all searched on those terms every day the algorithms would start picking it up more generally.
Ayesha: Seshat (found online)browngirl on December 6th, 2016 05:18 am (UTC)
*mkes a note* Thank you for this useful idea. :)
Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)anton_p_nym on December 5th, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's alarming but alas it indeed isn't new. A decade ago I did an accidental Google-bomb (fan-fiction item went viral, and because part of the fiction was embedded into meta tags it dominated the search terms for a couple of months) and for a while earlier a fan page I ran outranked the official site. Pity it's still vulnerable... though I gather it takes a lot more effort to spoof/corrupt than in the old days.

-- Steve's seeing the consequences more clearly now, particularly with the funky election results searches and the weekend's PizzaGate detonation.