If you can’t find it, you can’t read it.
Big Tech has discovered another way to silence dissenting voices.
This time the victim is Mercola.com, known to subscribers as “Dr. Mercola.” In its latest search engine update, implemented June 3, Google “buries” Dr. Mercola (https://www.healthglu.com/uncategorized/google-buries-mercola-in-their-latest-search-engine-update-part-1-of-2/) by removing “most Mercola.com pages from its search results.” Now the only way a Mercola.com page will come up is if the user searches, for instance, “Mercola.com heart disease” instead of just “heart disease.”
“This year we’ve seen an unprecedented rush to implement censorship of critical voices,” Dr. Mercola says. Big Tech, he says, makes money by helping “fascist government-industrial complexes” to silence dissenters and critics.
Dr. Mercola’s crime, it seems, was to question the need for and the effectiveness of various vaccines–the new measles vaccine, for one, which he has said “offers only temporary artificial immunity” (https://articles.mercola.com/measles.aspx). Dr. Mercola has dissented from the current panic over measles, saying most of the measles deaths are the result of poor nutrition and generally poor health in Third World countries. Apparently there’s someone who doesn’t like that opinion and doesn’t think the public ought to read it.
They haven’t erased him: just made it harder for users to find him.
It’s not quite as draconian as the 2016 Democrat proposal to make “climate change denial” a crime with criminal sanctions–but it has caused Dr. Mercola’s Internet traffic to “plummet by 99 percent in recent weeks” since the update.
Not draconian, but certainly effective.
Is this how “science” is going to be done from now on? By silencing anyone who questions any claim made by a powerful establishment?
But that’s not science, is it?