Google Conspiracy, or Happenstance?

The dictionary defines “conspiracy” as “an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.”

Glenn Beck has this on his website today (June 21, 2011) on a “(not so) craaaaaazy Google conspiracy”:

Google has that great auto fill system where if you start typing something it starts to make suggestions. It can be a great time saver – seriously. But it seems odd that when you type “how much does” that the first suggestion on the list completes your search with “does an abortion cost”. Are there really so many people googling “How much does an abortion cost” that it sends it to the top – or is there some kind of agenda going on? No one on the radio was entirely sure, but it did seem suspicious. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself!

I took him up on his injunction and tried it myself.

I typed the words “How much does” in the Google search box. When I typed the last word “does,” instantly this “Suggestions” drop menu appeared below the search box:

  • How much does an abortion cost
  • How much does it cost to build a house
  • How much does a gallon of water weight
  • How much does it cost to mail a letter
  • How much does a passport cost
  • How much does plan b cost
  • How much does it cost to paint a car
  • How much does the president make
  • How much does minecraft cost

As you can see, at the top of Google’s “suggestions” is “How much does an abortion cost.”

Go ahead and try it yourself!

H/t beloved Fellowship co-founder Steve.

~Eowyn

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DCG
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DCG

“cost to build a house” came up first, abortion second. Interesting…I NEVER use google. Can’t stand em.

Zorro
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Zorro

Sage:
Thank you for an excellent online tool that is “cloaked” from the thought police.

Thomas Morato
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Thomas Morato

Its software… and does exactly what is told to do. The text is “auto filled” based on what is popularly being searched. In this case, unfortunately murdering unborn children. 🙁 The conspiracy part is that Google is a front for the NSA and CIA for not only gathering intel, but propaganda. The auto fill is based on popular searches…. but what is actually presented by a search is exactly what Google wants you to find (or don’t find) NOT based on popularity. Is all this net traffic being monitored by the government? You bet… try conducting a search on how… Read more »

tina
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tina

I don’t know about any one else,but I have had some strange things happen in the last two months with google. Now here the last few days,it has stopped. I think you can bet they are in bed with the commies in the whitehouse. Frankly,I don’t care if they know what I’m doing. That’s an invitation,come on over boys.

Anonymous
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I started typing “how much does your mother… ” but it stopped giving me options at that point for some reason.

Charles
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Charles

The contradiction is that Google stops auto fill for most offensive topics. Try Googling the name of any famous porn star and you’ll see what I mean — it stops auto-filling the moment an offensive word is entered. It does the same thing for most racist terms, as well. So clearly, Google has some control and some discretion in its auto fill system, yet Google chooses not to enforce it in this particular and well-known case. Why? Is it because Google wants to make abortion seem commonplace and “okay” due to a pro-choice agenda at Google? That would be my… Read more »