Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Google Still Regards Indymedia as News
Here's some news for Google: Indymedia is completely unrestricted. That means, anybody can post anything to Indymedia. The material is not fact-checked nor corrected. The publisher is not accountable and as a news source it is simply not credible.
It is however, massively racist, antisemitic and demonstrably libellous. So much of the content is not even "news" but recycled, dated propaganda copied verbatim on numerous sites.
Is this what Google considers appropriate as a 'news source'? If so, how low is the bar actually set?
Google's Corporate Philosophy, Point 10, "Great just isn't good enough" stands in grave doubt as long as Indymedia is considered good enough. Hell, even material that isn't good enough for Indymedia is good enough for Google.
Google continues to discredit itself.
This is pretty much the same phenomenon with blogs, yet Google News accepts many blogs as news. So where do you draw the line?