Google’s Eric Schmidt Says Americans Too Dumb To Detect Fake News, Plans to “Derank” Russian News

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Eric Schmidt has made news with his latest announcement that Google is working on ways to “derank” Russian media in the search engine’s results.

At this weekend’s Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and current executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., discussed Google’s efforts to deal with the apparent rise of fake news. Specifically, Schmidt was talking about how the search engine giant might limit the spread of “Russian Propaganda.” Mr. Schmidt said Google might “derank” fake news stories, going as far as mentioning Russian news stations Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik.

“We are working on detecting and deranking those kinds of sites – it’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt said. “We are well of aware of it, and we are trying to engineer the systems to prevent that [the content being delivered to wide audiences]. But we don’t want to ban the sites – that’s not how we operate.”

Schmidt said Google was not in favor of censorship, but would rather focus on ranking. “I am very strongly in favor of ranking. It’s what we do,” he stated. “It’s a very legitimate question as to how we rank, A or B, right? And we do the best we can in millions and millions of rankings every day.”

The comments about Russian state-owned media broadcasting in English to Americans are the latest consequence of the continued propaganda about Russians “hacking” or “interfering” with the 2016 election. The media claims Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and used WikiLeaks to disseminate the information to the American public. Even if the DNC was hacked by a hacker originating in Russia there has never been any evidence that “the Russians” forced Americans to vote one way or the other.

The corporate media continues to push the narrative despite the biggest bombshell being that Russian intelligence agencies MAY have created FB accounts for the purpose of creating ads aimed at influencing Americans’ election choices. Releasing factual information barely counts as “interference” and does not qualify as hacking by any stretch of the imagination. Regardless, the American politicians and compliant media push forth with the narrative that the Russians stole the election from the American people. As part of this blame game, Twitter recently announced they would no longer accept ads from RT and Sputnik. Just last week RT had to register as a “foreign agent” with the US Department of Justice or face fines and confiscation of property.

Interestingly, Schmidt stated that the 2016 election shows that American audiences are incapable of distinguishing between fake news and real news. Instead, Schmidt believes it is up to tech-giants and their buddies in the government to decide what stories the people are allowed to see and read.

“We started with the default American view that ‘bad’ speech would be replaced with ‘good’ speech, but the problem found in the last year is that this may not be true in certain situations, especially when you have a well-funded opponent who is trying to actively spread this information,” Schmidt stated at the forum.

The idea that both Trump and Clinton were not backed by powerful, wealthy interests is laughable. Both the Democratic and Republican corporate parties are beholden to forces with power and connections beyond the imagination of the average American. Schmidt himself is one of the wealthiest people on the planet worth an estimated $12 billion. In 2012 he was an adviser on digital operations for the Obama campaign and, according to John Podesta’s emails, Schmidt offered the same services to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2015.

Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan responded to Eric Schmidt’s comments with the following statement:

Good to have Google on record as defying all logic and reason: facts aren’t allowed if they come from RT, ‘because Russia’ – even if we have Google on Congressional record saying they’ve found no manipulation of their platform or policy violations by RT.

In reality, the comments by Eric Schmidt and the fake news meme have always been about controlling or limiting the reach of the independent and alternative media which offers a contrary perspective to the statist, corporatist deadstream media. If Americans stand by and do nothing as the Russian alt media comes under attack you better be prepared for the day that Eric Schmidt and/or the American political class announce the “deranking” of alternative views about 9/11, vaccinations, the weather, the food, the water, the environment, the wars, or the Surveillance/Police State. Google, YouTube, FB, and Twitter are the establishment social media tools. If we centralize all of our efforts through these platforms we are setting ourselves up for failure.

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Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2

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  • idontknow

    We are smart enough to avoid Google like the plague…

    • roger

      duckduckgo. the only one I use……….

      • jim_robert

        DuckDuck for me, too.

        Schmidt… thinks he’s bright, yet ran Novell into the ground, and too dense to figure out America is dropping his fascist left lamestream media like a hotcake. Also too ignorant to figure out TRUMP won, despite all the propaganda from the left.

  • Rift

    Replacing bad speech with good speech, you mean newspeak.

  • RAndrewOhge

    How Does THAT Make You Feel Google+ And YouTube Subscribers? Is It Time To Start Seriously Looking At ALTERNATIVES?

    There’s ANOTHER Reality, These “Tech Giants” Are NOT GETTING.

    By Removing Content They Are ALSO Removing Reasons To EVEN BOTHER LOOKING At Their Feeds.

    Once They Make Themselves Homogeneous With The CABLE Networks…Who Really NEEDS Them?

    A Large Number Of Americans Are Already “Cable junkies” And NEVER COME TO GOOGLE+, Facebook(Other Than To Share Family Pics), Twitter, And Tumblr Only Draws Soft Porn, Artsy-Crafty Types…And Even They Are oblivious To HOW This Will Affect THEIR Freedom Of Expression!

    As Their Audience Evolves Into Cable-Brained Consumers, The REAL Communication Industry Giants Will GRIND THEM INTO THE DUST.

    Consider A Moment, Google-YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Etc.- Has THAT Been The Unspoken PLAN All Along?

    Just Saying…

  • LoisAnneMT

    As an “average” American, I find it highly offensive among other things, to be considered unable to apply critical thinking to discerning the truth or BS. To allow a computer program to select what is acceptable to disseminate to the public or not, is to eliminate our basic right to unadulterated, uncensored information. Some would contend there is no such thing as “a right to information”. We should have the freedom to choose what information we wish to have and believe, whether it is correct or incorrect. We don’t need the thought police to control what we access. It completely goes against the spirit of what the Internet was intended for. Free access of all information to anyone, everywhere.

    • jim_robert

      Google should change their motto, imho, to “First, let’s do only evil.” But that’s only my opinion.

  • Yarbles

    De-Ranking IS censorship.

    • Janet Couzens Pickel

      Yes.

  • TrevorD

    Well guess we know that `The Establishment` hates truth coming out as it damages their demonic goals. However I really think `they` are shooting themselves in the foot.
    They just insulted their huge `dumb` audience by attacking their critical thinking and personal choices. Cool advertising, great PR, Go to the top of the class for total idiocy.

  • Jimmy B

    I wonder if cartoons are even on youtube, (I’ve never looked) and if they are, should they not be placed at the bottom of any and all search engines? After all, cartoons are fake, right? This is absurd. To think they have any right whatsoever to quash information of any kind, from being available. Do libraries do this as far as books are concerned? Are there books in the library that are fantasy, and not the truth? Do they ban those books? What’s the difference?

  • SP_88

    People really need to avoid Google and Facebook. It is obvious that they intend to censor the internet. They don’t give a crap about what’s good or bad or if you see fake news. They aren’t getting rid of fake news, they are getting rid of the truth so they can give you their fake news.
    People need to find an alternative to Google and Facebook, and hopefully run them into bankruptcy. It’s better to have several smaller companies than one or two giant corporations with so much power.

    • g.johnon

      i thought the daily sheeple was that alternative. from little acorns….

  • db

    ““We started with the default American view that ‘bad’ speech would be replaced with ‘good’ speech…..” That is NOT the default American view, Mr. Asshat. There are not good and bad speech existing as separate entities, only speech. Frankly I’m insulted that he thinks we think like him. Minitrue is at it again.