Google’s response to the attempted terror attack in New York this morning, widely reported to have been carried out by a Bangladeshi ISIS supporter, was to suggest it would censor information related to the suspect’s connection to the Islamic State or the religion of Islam.
The failed attack happened at around 7:20am in an underpass at the Port Authority terminal near Times Square when the terrorist failed to detonate a pipe bomb correctly.
Within a short period of time, reports began to emerge that the suspect was a Bangladeshi ISIS supporter who had been living in the U.S. for seven years.
However, when Twitter users, including myself and the Daily Caller, began to share this information, CNET’s Alfred Ng tweeted, “None of this has been confirmed, but here it is on Google’s top results.”
None of this has been confirmed, but here it is on Google's top results pic.twitter.com/cveBM5QuqC
— alfred ?? (@alfredwkng) December 11, 2017
The context of the tweet was a controversy that erupted after last month’s Texas church massacre, when many on the left complained about Google’s search results returning links to tweets about the attack from non-establishment news sources that was inaccurate.
Danny Sullivan, Google’s public liaison for search, who has over 500,000 followers on Twitter, quickly responded to Ng’s tweet by commenting, “Passing out along to our teams to look.”
Passing out along to our teams to look.
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) December 11, 2017
The implication is clearly that Google would look at removing the information from its search results despite it being completely accurate.
Buzzfeed’s deputy global news director Ryan Broderick also posted a thread in which he accused “far-right” outfits of pushing the ‘conspiracy theory’ about an ISIS supporter carrying out the attack, despite that detail being widely reported at the time.
Even CNN’s Brian Stelter questioned why the information would be treated as unverified given that it had already been revealed on MSNBC by William Bratton, chief of the New York City Transit Police.
@alfredwkng To be fair, Bratton said it on MSNBC
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 11, 2017
Journalist Tim Pool responded to Broderick by illustrating how Bratton had revealed the ISIS and Bangladesh connection before so-called “far-right” outfits were tweeting about it.
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) December 11, 2017
The fact that the suspect was a Bangladeshi ISIS supporter had been widely circulating on mainstream news networks because several different officials had leaked the information. These details were not pulled out of thin air by Twitter users.
Google enthusiasm to work with leftist media figures to censor information from its search results, despite it being completely accurate, simply to silence certain individuals and sources, should concern everyone.
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