Google’s Neutrality Issue

When typing something into Google, you probably have trust in whatever it brings up for you to be true. However, can we actually trust what results we receive? Is everything that’s given to us on the internet really what people have to get information about what they want to learn about? People in less fortunate areas who don’t have internet or are maybe learning how to use the internet, probably search for something for an educational purpose and what comes up might not be what should be coming up.

It is said that Google is not neutral. They have shared that they do not interfere with what comes up first or what the majority of the results are. It is entirely based on the basis of what is most popular and what is most searched by people. For some topics, this might not be a very big concern. For other more important and impactful topics, this can be very harmful and be extremely detrimental to a person’s view of themselves or view of others. The internet has been an amazing creation in which we have access to just about limitless information. This has been an impactful source to so many people all around the world, in ways that are both beneficial and harmful. Having an easy access to learning about whatever you want is great, but what information that comes up can be harmful, whether you were looking for it or not.

In one of the articles below, there is a situation in which the auther speaks of how what would happen if someone was trying to teach African American girls how to use the internet and they wanted to learn information on black girls. The author describes how the result that come up for this search is so sad and demeaning to black girls. What would those girls think of themselves after retrieving this miscommunicated information? How would they begin to view themselves differently? How would they feel about the lack of positive information about how black girls have changed the world?

Google and other search engines needs to reevaluate their process of what information comes up to people the easiest. Their missing a crucial piece in what should pop up first on people’s computer and phone screens. They’re “missing… awareness about stereotypes, inequity, and identity.” If someone wanted to look up information about their ethnic and gender background, we should’nt have to be worried about harmful results could come up. These people should have a more positive and truthful result list to come up that won’t hurt them, but encourage and empower people.

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