Google Participates in Promoting Defamation, incivility, and Hate Mongering!
On the various sections of this website, I have clearly documented the defamatory and discriminatory blog and Facebook attacks on me by a faculty of political science, Maurice Moshe Eisenstein, at Purdue University calumet.
Since Eisenstein posted his hateful diatribe on his blog, on June 06, 2013, and despite the fact that many news stories have been generated about me and my scholarly activities, the link to his statement–which has been replicated by his ilk–remains on the first page of the Google Search under my name (Yahya Kamalipour). See the followings: Google Search_Kamalipour (May 08-2014). It should be noted that of the 20,000 plus citations under my name, Eisenstein’s postings are the only negative ones!
Furthermore, since June 2013, I have been trying to learn about the manipulation of Google ranking. Based on my findings, chances are good that Eisenstein is paying a company to keep the link to his original (June 2013) hate speech, and later postings–including the ones replicated by his friends–on the top of the first page of Google search, under my name!
Also, I have thoroughly examined the Google website and its removal policy, but have not been able to find any way of addressing this highly troublesome, damaging, libelous, and anti-responsible-free-speech dilemma. Unfortunately, this is one of the major negative effects of the Digital Age and Internet. Unlike the pre-Internet era, anyone from anywhere can post and distribute any content and, once this happens, the posted content becomes permanent and practically irrevocable.
I have also learned that there are numerous complaints and concerns about the Google and manipulation of its search results and rankings, which are problematic and should be addressed in an open and transparent manner.
As an avid proponent of open, fair, and responsible speech, and in view of the fact that most of the existing university rules and policies were devised prior to the Digital Age, I believe we have to revise and update the professional code of conduct and ethics accordingly.
Freedom of speech is a guiding rule, one of the foundations of democracy, but at the same time, freedom does not imply anarchy, and the right to exercise free expression does not include the right to do unjustified harm to others.
Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Speech, Media and Ethics