A new report on the Consumer Watchdog website reveals that Google has been financially backing efforts by digital rights groups to legally defend Backpage.com, the website that facilitates sex trafficking and prostitution. The internet search giant, through a series of friend-of-the-court briefs, has sought to protect Backpage.com from lawsuits that would make it liable for the consequences of the sexual activity it facilitates. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling for citizens to sign a petition asking Google to stop supporting sex trafficking websites.
Meanwhile, Operation Rescue contends that Google has manipulated search parameters to steer people away from the pro-life group’s Abortions in America fact page. At its peak in January, the Abortions in America webpage was receiving more than 37,000 views that month and appeared as one of the top five choices for those who searched for “abortions in US.” By the end of June, the webpage had received only 1512 views that month and no longer appeared in Google’s first page results for “abortion statistics.”
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