Google helps Scientology censor two more of our stories - maybe you can help us figure out why - 2017-05-22

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F347.png Google helps Scientology censor two more of our stories - maybe you can help us figure out why May 22, 2017, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Well, here we go again. You've heard from us in the past that since the Church of Scientology announced that it was such chummy partners with Google, we've had numerous stories here at the Underground Bunker de-indexed by the search engine giant.

And for you know-it-alls who send us technical babble about this stuff, yes these stories were previously searchable on Google, and no their removal was not always noted at the Lumen (formerly Chilling Effects) database.

All we know is, Google has tried to make several of our stories disappear, sometimes without the slightest indication to us why it was doing so. For example, the richest Scientologist in the world, Bob Duggan, managed to convince Google to remove our story about him and the unholy deal he made about his kids and the South African orgs. Go ahead, use any search terms you want and you won't find this exact URL through a Google search, only social media about it. Duggan pulled that off by complaining about the art we used in the story, but it's still de-indexed even after we replaced all the art with illustrations by our friend Chad Essley.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Google helps Scientology censor two more of our stories - maybe you can help us figure out why | url = https://tonyortega.org/2017/05/22/google-helps-scientology-censor-two-more-of-our-stories-maybe-you-can-help-us-figure-out-why/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = May 22, 2017 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}