brimstoneSalad wrote:Don't confuse government censorship with a private company just choosing not to feature something.
Why? Google has more power to influence what people think about politics (and science, and religion...) than any politician does, don't you think? There is a difference between a small business deciding not to feature something, and a big business that controls the information flow on-line more than any government does deciding not to feature something. Also, big business usually works hand-in-hand with the government, often at the expense of small business and customers (Amazon and Walmart advocating for a substantial increase in the minimum wage...).
brimstoneSalad wrote:What is the consensus among historians?
Well, I suppose most historians believe without evidence that the Massacre of Vukovar happened, just like I used to believe that until I actually thought about it.
Since then, it appears to me there is less evidence of the Massacre of Vukovar than of God and of Santa Claus: for God and Santa Claus, there are at least countless stories of gifts magically appearing under a tree and of miraculous healing. I mean, sure, countless people claim to believe that the Massacre of Vukovar happened (the same is true for God, although not for Santa), but how is that supposed to affect what I believe? Why should I believe that human beings can be that evil for no apparent reason? And accepting that the Massacre of Vukovar happened just opens countless new questions: Why it is that I don't see any damaged houses, even in Vukovar (I've been there a few times), when allegedly the entire city and much around it was destroyed less than 30 years ago? It seems quite as if it is a myth made up (maybe by inflating a somewhat-true story) to justify the discrimination against Serbs.
Why should it matter what the consensus among historians is? History is certainly less of a science than linguistics is, and you are saying the consensus of linguists shouldn't be taken too seriously.
Besides, if you think it would be irresponsible for Google to show non-mainstream positions in search results, where do you draw the line? Do you also think that my alternative interpretation of the Croatian toponyms shouldn't be featured by search engines?
brimstoneSalad wrote: If you had never heard of flat earth, you wouldn't have become a flat earther.
Probably. But I came up with the idea that airplanes didn't exist all by myself, I hadn't heard it from anyone or read it somewhere.
brimstoneSalad wrote:Helping them spread their propaganda is something else.
So, do you think it's a good thing if Nazis are afraid to talk about their beliefs?
brimstoneSalad wrote:we don't know what all Google is relying on here.
If it's relying on unproven methods, even with good intentions, that's still a reason not to trust it, right?