Is Google Pushing a Republican Agenda and Burying Internet Porn

Recently there have been a number of stories alleging that Google is in bed with CIA and feeding them data. Having just returned from an internet conference and speaking with some Goolge Engineers I feel pretty confident that Google’s response that they are not involved with the CIA is true, however there is a growing body of evidence that Google is taking subtle steps make porn on the internet a little bit harder to find.

First up comes a report from the front lines in the adult webmaster community over at SEOBlackhat. In a post entitled Dude, Where’s My Porn? the site owner details how the top 10 results for several keywords and that should be serving up adult content aren’t (screen shots 1,2,3,4,5, 6 NSFW). The results for those searches contain the odd piece of adult content here and there, but generally you have to go to the second of third page to get the relevant results the searcher was probably looking for.

Next up comes the story of Google putting up an interstitial page when people visited the site Pussy.org. While the intermediate page has since been removed the site does seem to be under some sort of rating penalty dropping from the #1 spot it held for several years down to #10 in an oddly coincidental time frame.

Finally comes some first hand experience, over the weekend I decided to try out a new ad the product was a “Girls Gone Wild” DVD. Monday morning I got an email telling me my ad was disapproved, the reason was “teen porn concepts”.

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However doing a quick check on Google for [girls gone wild dvd] shows other advertisers selling the exact same product who didn’t get disapproved, is Google grandfathering existing advertisers, and preventing new advertisers from entering the market shrinking the advertiser base for porn related products?

Since we’ve already established that Google isn’t giving the data to the CIA what’s would Google’s motivation be for promoting a republican agenda? The answer is two words user data. Google is currently negotiating putting up free wi-fi in San Francisco. However the details of what’s exactly being done are a bit fuzzy, and even the city official in charge of the plan doesn’t have good handle on the scope of the project. How does giving away free wifi in San Francisco tie in with Internet Porn and User Data?

In the most recent elections Democrats won many races across the country, and they are much more sympathetic to plans like net neutrality and free wifi. This leaves the misguided republicans, some of whom believe the internet is a series of tubes. Google could gain favor with these Republicans by cracking down on issues like internet porn. In 2005 bill 2257 took a huge toll on the online adult industry and the recent passage of the port security bill had anti-online gaming provisions tacked on at the last minute to placate Republicans. So would Google be willing to sacrifice it’s ethics to grow it’s business, I think the example set by how Goolge dealt with China serves as a good example.

Before I go any further I would like to clarify my position, I’ve met a few Google employees over the years. Each and every one of them has been intelligent, highly ethical, very helpful and in many cases going above and beyond the cause trying to do the right thing. However I worked in a corporate environment for over 10 years, and in that time that company made some decisions I thought were bad and in some cases slightly unethical. Sure I could have walked away and quit, but I had a family, mortgage and two kids to support, and I understand sometimes you have to tow the line and suck it up, even though you don’t agree.

So is Google really that interested in user data that they would be willing to give away free wifi in order to get it, I think so. Looking at the Google Patent from 2005 we can see numerous mentions of using actual user data in ranking algorithms

36. The method of claim 1, wherein the one or more types of history data includes information relating to user behavior associated with documents; and wherein the generating a score includes: determining user behavior associated with the document, and scoring the document based, at least in part, on the user behavior associated with the document.

37. The method of claim 36, wherein the user behavior relates to at least one of a number of times that the document is selected within a set of search results and an amount of time that one or more users spend accessing the document.

Currently they are getting a lot of user data from the Google Toolbar, SERP click tracking, Google Reader, Google Analytics, Adsense, Adwords, and a few other sources. However getting the full data stream for a large amount of users in a Metropolitan area has got to look very attractive to a company who has a strong desire to data mine at any opportunity it can get. Would they be willing to bury some internet porn to satisfy Republican interests and grease the wheels of progress and get their free wi-fi data mining mission underway? I can’t say for sure but it does look more than a little fishy to me.

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