Google dealt another dastardly blow to Russian media
Western propaganda awaits users instead of news
The information war is not only a war of propaganda, fakes and fakes. It's also technology. On June 22, treacherously and without warning, Google dealt another blow to the Russian media. Links to the largest Russian resources have disappeared from the search results, they are not in the recommendations and Google news.
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It is worth recalling that back in March, Google limited the display of Russian government publications on its platforms and in the recommendations of its services. The company's president of global relations, Kent Walker, said at the time that this was done to “derail disinformation campaigns online.” However, what is considered disinformation in the West is actually a reflection of the real state of affairs during the Ukrainian crisis. It simply does not fit into the anti-Russian agenda and the Western picture of the world.
Obviously, the reality that does not suit our geopolitical opponents is reflected not only in propaganda or government resources, but in general in Russian media that respect themselves and their audience. That is why the blow was struck.
Its scale has yet to be assessed – many colleagues from many publications write that links to their resources have disappeared. For the media, this means a decrease in the size of the audience, and hence the deterioration of the financial situation. For readers, this means that they will have difficulty finding information.
“Of course, we are working not only to reduce the availability of false information, but also to make reliable and reliable information easily accessible,” Walker said in a statement. However, now in the search results of the “Russian” Google, links are displayed either to domestic entertainment resources, or to Ukrainian, or openly anti-Russian “liberal” publications, most of which are recognized by foreign agents.
The state succeeds in butting heads with the IT giant not really – the time when it was necessary to bring Google to its senses and force it to comply with Russian laws, alas, was lost. Having received huge fines, Google simply declared bankruptcy of its Russian division and curtailed its activities here. The Google.News service, blocked by Roskomnadzor for anti-Russian activity, opens perfectly.
Now Google.News is full of Ukrainian and anti-Russian publications. Now the same thing is happening in the usual search engine. And in order to preserve mental health, it is better to forget the phrase “google”.
How the state will get out of the stalemate is not yet very clear. However, it is obvious that the media now need the support of domestic platforms like air.