What makes Google as Internet pope scary is that they are claiming a much wider area of infallibility than the Pope does.
I hope Roman Catholics will forgive me if my understanding of Papal infallibility is a little muddled. But I do know that the Pope does not intercept thousands of communications and direct people to his own conception of the truth.
But that is what Google wants to do. Their papacy will cover the globe.
As New Scientist reports, “Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links.”
Google has access to the facts?
THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free “news” stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.
Google’s search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them.
A Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. “A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy,” says the team (arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1). The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.
The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings.
So there you go. Ignorance is strength. Instead of exposing searchers to challenging points of view, Google wants to decide what the truth is and direct searchers to the current orthodoxy. Propaganda for global warming, evolution, same-sex “marriage,” and other liberal clichés will all be at the top of search results. The kind of people who couldn’t tolerate Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla are not to be trusted as guardians of truth.
It’s official (if you didn’t know already): Google is evil.