The big alternative media purge – you could name it however you want it to: purge, destruction, modern book-burning, holocaust, blatant censorship and so on, continues with yet another prey, this time the executives at Google has decided to “de-rank” a major news outlet called RT (Russia Today) from its widely-used search engine.
RT – or Russia Today – is an international television network focusing on alternative viewpoints, mainly present in the United Kingdom, the United States and in the Russian Federation also it receives major funding from the latter country. Of course this move from Google cannot come to as a surprise to those who have listened to smaller or bigger YouTubers and online influencers facing similar issues with covert censorship (de-ranking on Google/ YouTube, or shadow banning on Twitter, etc.) during the last year or so when these practices became notable and – most unfortunately – hit many individuals and groups alike as everyday occurrences. Add the ongoing “adpocalipse” (the terms shortly describes a situation when ad revenues of recent videos plummet / disappear, and/or YouTube channels loose their expected revenue because of demonetization) – which (when arbitrary reasons and vague requirements are being enforced) can also be seen as a form of censorship. Mainly for new channels these issues are life-threatening. When you look at the big picture, it becomes clear that these platforms show signs of multiple serious illnesses at the same time, but more importantly these symptoms are becoming more acute and also systematical in companies mainly based in or run from Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley is probably the perfect place to examine individuals who are suffering from a so called dependent personality mental disorder, or DPD.
The other possibility why corporations from Silicon Valley and similar places act as they do today – quite obviously – is the basic reason why many of those exist today: government and intelligence agency funding. That’s why the overly-supportive nature of these corporations towards groups of corrupt individuals and a political system which is on its deathbed is well alive. They don’t look at the U.S. government as some kind of a foreign entity, but more like children who look at their dad or mom, or how a subsidiary looks at its holding company. Most of the times they say Yes, sometimes they answer with No, but they always keep themselves in the line and behave according to a known agenda.
It seems like Russian legislators are taking the issue one step further, aiming to hurt Google in its most sensitive spot: ad revenue.
It is very likely that in the upcoming 2 weeks we will see legislation in Russia which will explicitly prohibit Russian companies from placing ads with Google. According to one individual (Pyotr Tolstoy), he estimated that Google earn approximately $34 billion in a fiscal year just in Russia (source).
As it stands, it really looks like that both of these parties are engaged in a mud throwing party with each-other, and there is no proper dialog between them. Considering the past of Google, the company which failed to reply to concerns from both YouTubers and website administrators and the current mood of the Russian government which – quite understandably – took RT’s “de-ranking” on Google personally, it will be very unlikely to see a change of stance from them even if Google decide to revert their actions against RT and against other similar media outlets, which – to tell you the truth – is quite improbable as of today considering Google’s mentioned past practices.