diberry - 3:25 pm on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
Does anyone have any evidence that Google's search results are not completely/totally biased towards those companies that Google has a close relationship with or owns?
You can't prove a negative, but there is a way to settle this.
In cases where someone alleges discrimination in the workplace, courts look through ALL the company's employment records for a pattern of discrimination to back up the employee's claim. So someone ought to put together a real, statistical study to test if Google's using favoritism. I'm not sure how to frame it, but you'd maybe look at the SERPs for various queries and see how often Google products or Google-financed companies come up, maybe compare it to other engines' results, maybe look for improvements in the rankings AFTER Google got into a financial relationship with these companies (that is, if RetailMeNot was always up top, Google can just say, "Yeah, it was, so we invested in a winner", but if their rankings improved after Google invested, that's suggestive).