Google’s(CIA) Sputnik & RT Clampdown ‘Reminiscent of 17th Century Witch Hunts’

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

Google will create new algorithms to derank Sputnik News and RT content from appearing on its Google News service. Speaking to Sputnik, Jim Jatras, former US diplomat and foreign policy adviser to Senate Republicans, said this issue isn’t even so much about Sputnik and RT as it is about Americans’ freedom of access to information.

Google’s Erich Schmidt announced that the search engine giant has plans to engineer algorithms to detect and derank Russian foreign language media content at a question and answer session at a security forum in Canada. RT and Sputnik editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan spoke out against the move, saying it “defied all logic and reason,” and adding that the US Congress has found no evidence of any policy violations by Russian media in any of its investigations. Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor also vowed to defend Russian media any way it can.

Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Jim Jatras, a former Senate staffer and US foreign service officer turned respected political analyst, said that Google was responding to serious pressure from the US political establishment.

Jim Jatras: “I don’t know how many people had a chance to watch the hearing where the representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter were grilled by senators, who placed the blame on them for not policing this nonexistent propaganda. The executives were clearly scared; they were threatened by senators, essentially as gatekeepers and filters. This is not even so much a free speech issue as a freedom of information issue for the American public.

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