Updated: June 7, 2018
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June 6, 2018
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Updated: June 7, 2018
To be more clear (I’m not a very good writer), the censorship is for the blog posts on Dandelion Salad not the name of the blog. Most people are not searching for “Dandelion Salad”, they are searching for various topics and/or issues that the 21,543 blog posts have covered over the last 11 years.
Socialism and the struggle against Censorship: Andre Damon at 2018 International Online May Day
WSWS on May 8, 2018
Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site Address to the 2018 International Online May Day Rally, on May 5, 2018.
Updated: July 23, 2018
Chris Hedges explains the algorithms in this excerpt:
“In addition to offering no evidence, PropOrNot never even disclosed who ran the website. Even so, its charge was used to justify the imposition of algorithms by Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon to direct traffic away from the targeted sites. These algorithms, or filters, overseen by thousands of “evaluators,” many hired from the military and security and surveillance apparatus, hunt for keywords such as “U.S. military,” “inequality” and “socialism,” along with personal names such as Julian Assange and Laura Poitras. These keywords are known as “impressions.” Before the imposition of the algorithms, a reader could type in the name Julian Assange and be directed to an article on one of these targeted sites. After the algorithms were put in place, these impressions directed readers only to mainstream sites such as The Washington Post. Referral traffic from these impressions at most of the targeted sites has plummeted, often by more than half. Challenged by these algorithms and the abolition of net neutrality, these sites will be pushed further and further to the outer reaches of the media.”
From the archives:
Paul Street, Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, Bruce Dixon: Imagining an Authentic 21st Century U.S. Left (Left Forum 2018) (Both Hedges (46:24) and Dixon (1:05:04) mention the current censorship in their talks on this video.)