By Jefferey Jaxen
Since Bayer’s merger with Monsanto, the company has had three Roundup cancer cases go to trial – and they have lost them all in spectacular fashion. Bayer AG is currently on the hook for $2.4B from jury decisions yet equally damning in the public eye has been the constant deluge of exposed internal emails from Monsanto showing a litany of wrongdoing.
In lockstep with the consecutive court rulings against Bayer AG, the public’s interest in Roundup, its links to cancer and the trials ruling on product’s damage have increased exponentially. Scores of people throughout America have taken to search engines to accelerate their learning curve on such current events with no platform than Google’s.
According to research firm NetMarketShare, Google has more than 75% of the search engine market share for desktop browsers and over 80% for mobile devices which effectively gives it monopoly control. Therefore, Google’s practices drive much of the Internet experience for most consumers by determining what they view – or rather, what they are allowed to view.
During the course of all three trials and up to present day, Google’s autocomplete results are purposely hindering the public from finding truths about Roundup. Looking at the data and facts, one could deduce that Google is siding with Bayer AG to actively steer online traffic away from connections between Roundup, cancer and information about Bayer’s lawsuits.
When typing in the words “Roundup” into Google search engine, their autosuggest option returns “Roundup for lawns” as the top suggestion.
When referencing another Google product, Google Trends, you can see there are more people who are looking for information on both “roundup cancer” and “roundup lawsuit” compared to “roundup for lawns.”
Google’s own product’s label explicitly states that these are “not suggestions, but predictions” — predictions based upon the volume of “real searches.”
Why is Google’s autosuggest working as a quasi marketing arm for Bayer’s Roundup product? Instead of Google not interfering with people’s “real searches” about how Roundup may harm their health, the company has intervened to direct its users to learn more about how Roundup can help their lawns.
Google’s manipulation problem doesn’t just end at Roundup. The company has been exposed recently for manipulating search results to favor big industry for GMOs, supplements, vaccines, and the greater independent and natural health communities at large.
Recently a Project Veritas Google investigation blew the lid off the company’s extremely biased, unethical and potentially illegal search engine manipulation. The fallout is still occurring with Google’s Roundup search deception being the latest finding from the company’s questionable actions.
The White House is holding a Social Media Summit to address the manipulation from Big Tech monopolies. In addition, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on Tuesday evening announced a hearing, titled Google and Censorship through Search Engines.
Will representation from alternative health, environmental protection, scientific and journalism communities, who are being censored and demoted by Google and YouTube for exposing the unsavory aspects and practices of big industries, be present at either of the hearings?