Google’s Plan To Estimate Web Sources Trustworthiness – Thunderbolts Project

Many disturbing examples demonstrate that scientific debate and inquiry on the Internet is not always free nor open. One such example may be Google’s recently announced plan to begin manipulating search engine results to reward websites based on their apparent factual soundness. The stated purpose of the plan is to reduce in Google searches the visibility of sites that promote “misinformation.” Why was this plan constructed, and what effect will it have on the public’s use of the Google search engine as a means of inquiry?

Chris Reeve’s Google Plus page, Scientific Discourse is Broken: https://plus.google.com/+ChrisReeveOn…

PDF outlining Google’s plan, entitled: Knowledge-Based Trust: Estimating the Trustworthiness of Web Sources:
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1502.03519v1.pdf

Story about Facebook manipulating user news feeds to create emotional responses: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymc…

Skeptic.com call for “skeptics” to dominate Wikipedia editing: http://www.skeptic.com/get_involved/f…

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