Tuesday, June 21, 2022
At Reason this week, Elizabeth Nolan Brown reports on a disturbing move by Senate Democrats to try to pressure Google to act as a “filter” that would prevent searches for information on abortion and pregnancy services from returning links to crisis pregnancy centers. In theory, Google is just supposed to return the most relevant search results and let the chips fall where they may. (Of course, we all know by now that Google doesn’t really work that way, but it’s supposed to in theory.) The fact that such results were showing up prompted 21 Democratic senators, including Dianne Feinstein, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar to send a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking him to block links to crisis pregnancy centers when users search on terms including “abortion center” or just “abortion.” As Nolan Brown points out, this form of suppression should not be undertaken by Google in any sort of free-market system.
Really? I mean, WTF? I mean, Really??