Msg#: 3284149 posted 7:16 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)
With the Internet poised to be the "epicenter" of the 2008 elections, Google is contemplating how best to keep candidate information readily accessible without allowing the Web to transform into a giant tabloid.
One major question the company faces is how to "provide a platform for free expression without exacerbating the ugliness," Elliot Schrage, the company's vice president of global communications, said at the annual Politics Online Conference here Thursday afternoon.
Schrage pointed to what he called a "disturbing" video posted by a YouTube user that featured the late son of presidential hopeful John Edwards. He said the company, after much contemplation, ultimately decided it was not in a position to remove it.
Msg#: 3284149 posted 8:57 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)
If they start censoring, they become the judge of what is censorable. Do you really want computer geeks deciding what is morally or aesthetically acceptable? Let the public do that via lawyers or democracy.
Mind you Google is already doing quite a lot of judging already, with their quality scores, human reviewing and deciding what sources they deem worthy for Google News.
A "burying" system ala digg would let them off the hook in many situations, as would taking a reactive approach to public complaints.
Msg#: 3284149 posted 12:05 pm on Mar 17, 2007 (gmt 0)
Making these remarks about the 2008 US presidential elections is a strange standing point in itself. Why are these any more important than other elections or other political events, about which Google makes no comments? I think Google is underlining the point of view that the American president is the leader of the planet and that it concerns the entire planet. Google.COM is still a worldwide search engine and not specifically American!
Msg#: 3284149 posted 9:54 pm on Mar 17, 2007 (gmt 0)
the point of view that the American president is the leader of the planet
HAHAHAHAHAHA. Does anyone still subscribe to that view?
I agree that Google should pay no more attention to this election than it does to any other.
Outside contractors who are brought into a library with the brief to compile a computerised index of what is in the library should put their index together without worrying about what is in the library.
Msg#: 3284149 posted 7:59 am on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)
ronin the point of view that the American president is the leader of the planet "HAHAHAHAHAHA. Does anyone still subscribe to that view?"
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Msg#: 3284149 posted 7:49 pm on Mar 18, 2007 (gmt 0)
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which seems to suggest censorship in google groups archives, although that could be just a problem with cross-posts, because the archives seem to be incomplete in certain places. For example look at the number of posts in alt.tv.simpsons from april to december 1995: [groups.google.com...]
Also I seem to remember that google censored a lot of extreme left posts in google groups after the democratic party lost in 2004?