Skip to comments.Ungoogleable: What doesn’t show up when you search the web?
Posted on 08/12/2017 11:44:16 AM PDT by be-baw
Did you know when you search the internet, you're not actually searching the whole internet?
Google is the largest search service in the world. But even with trillions of websites indexed, Googles search only covers about four percent of the net.
So what exactly is the 96 percent of the internet thats ungoogleable?
The "mysterious" Deep Web, as tech expert Shelly Palmer facetiously called it in an interview with Circa, is the internet that isnt indexable by search engines.
"It's mostly private information that actually should be private and is set up to be that way," Palmer said.
This is where things like hospital records or friends-only Facebook profiles exist. The majority of the content found in the Deep Web isn't as juicy as its name might lead on, but the part of the Deep Web known as the Dark Web is a different story. The sites there are typically anonymous and require a special browser to access, thus rendering them ungoogleable, in part, to hide the illegal or unsavory activity known to happen there.
When discussing the Dark Web, Palmer changed his tone: "Its real, and bad stuff happens there ... money laundering, drug trafficking. You can go down the list of things that you dont want to be found out about."
Of course, there are some public websites that facilitate illegal activity, too, but you wouldnt know it because plenty of them are made ungoogleable by Google. The search giant, over the years, has got on board with censoring out search results for things like child pornography and some links to pirated media.
Barry Janay, a New York City communications lawyer told Circa, though its unclear exactly how much Google censors its search results, anything found to be directly facilitating illegal activity would breach Google's terms of service.
"I would say the web giants like Google will err on the side of caution rather than have massive fines imposed on them," he said.
And in addition to making illegal content ungoogleable, Google also takes requests by people to make themselves made ungoogleable.
The Right to Be Forgotten is already in place in Europe. If a citizen of the EU Googles themselves, realizes they dont like the results that come up, he or she can demand Google take it down where the interests in those results appearing are outweighed by the person's privacy rights, according to the policy.
Despite the introduction of similar legislation in the U.S., no such law exists yet, though Google this year did however introduce tools that allow users to flag fake news to be made ungoogleable. But there's also a legal aspect to that, too.
"Defamation ... incorporates untrue statements. And right now, big news is what is truth and what is fake news," Janay broke down.
So, exactly how much web content are you actually getting by only surfing through Google? Probably plenty more than any law abiding citizen would ever want, Palmer assured.
"The public internet is filled heterogeneously with gems and garbage. Almost all of that is searchable on Google."
Refuse to use google, much prefer duckduckgo
“Trillions” of websites? Yeah, this is a serious article.
it has been quite interesting for some time already how many anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-USA, anti-Israel, anti-British, etc.........articles show up wheh googling...
sometimes you can’t even find what you need, it is lost in the sea of commmunistic and IslamoNazi propaganda pieces
not always but quite often
Google American inventor, American Scientist, American mathematician. Then google Inventor Americano. Then delete google.
I googled “She’s a pant load” and only got 1,000 hits for Hillary. Clearly there are more...
google hey google, you suck you anti-american anti-white racists you
some weird stuff comes up
no more goolag. they were creasted they can be destroyed
no more goolag. they were created they can be destroyed
Try this - google “famous American white inventors” or just “American white inventors” & see what comes up in images.
I like duckduckgo.com for their privacy .... but the search engine doesn't seem to pull up recent news articles or subjects.
Have you suggestions on how to better use the search engine?
I searched a simple literary-historical question and got nothing remotely like it, not even a link to the obvious literary work. And I do use DDG.
...except “ixquick” is “enhanced by Google” as it says on the start page.
Try the following:
Nearly all Africans given mostly credit for inventions of white folks. Go figure.
It is amazing how childish some programmers can be.
I Googled “NBA Stars” the the demographic ratio was exactly the same as for “American Inventors”!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.