911truth.org dissappears from google

On: September 28, 2007
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Update: 911truth.org reappeared in Google’s search returns on October 7. No explanation has been put forward yet, but this second coming has been nicely documented and visualized on the Issue Dramaturg [added 10/10/07 by Michael].

About a year ago Richard Rogers, Marieke van Dijk, and I made the Issue Dramaturg, a tool to display a site’s Google rank per query. Today, whilst preparing for the public form on Quaero I checked our query on 9/11 again. Every day we query Google for 9/11 and see which sites have what rank for that query. Normally 911truth.org has a very high rank in Google for this query. Since the 17th of September 2007 however, their rank has declined very fast. On the 20th of September 911truth.org completely disappeared from Google! 911truth.org is an important source for information about 9/11. According to Wikipedia,

[911truth.org,] The 9/11 Truth Movement is the name adopted by the loosely-connected organizations and individuals that question the mainstream account of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States. […] The common proposition among all of the movement supporters is that what they call “the official account” of the events of 9/11 is not true, and that the truth has been covered up by high-level officials and the official investigators.

Below you can find a screenshot of the Issue Dramaturg documenting the decline in Google rank for 911truth.org:

911truth.org disappears from google

911truth.org itself says this about it:

It seems absolutely clear Google has purposefully removed 911truth.org from their search engine. Is this the same Google whose mission statement includes the goal “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Uhm, maybe only sort of universally accessible?

… Talking about a well documented case of Google censorship… I am constantly reminded why we started Open Search – a distributed peer to peer search engine which is set up to avoid search engine manipulation, censorship and profiling.

16 Responses to “911truth.org dissappears from google”
  • September 28, 2007 at 11:52 am

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  • September 28, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Have you asked google for a reaction?

  • September 28, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Not yet. The story has presumably not ended yet. Also of course we don’t want to draw too much attention by Google as they probably won’t like it that we are monitoring them ;)

  • September 30, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Jodi Dean just blogged about the disappearence of 911truth.org from Google for the query 9/11.

  • October 1, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I just noticed this last week…thanks for the update…not that I needed this to realize the treachery and power we are up against.

  • October 4, 2007 at 11:50 pm

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  • October 9, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    When I type 911truth.org in Google as the first result I get 911truth.org
    When I type 9/11, 911truth.org is the 6th result.

    I live in Serbia, so maybe it’s just censored for US citizents?

  • October 10, 2007 at 12:07 am

    Actually, two days ago, 911truth.org got back in the rankings. We haven’t found an explanation yet. To see 911truth.org’s decline and rise have a look at the Issue Dramaturg.

  • October 11, 2007 at 11:52 am

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  • October 11, 2007 at 7:52 pm

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  • September 29, 2008 at 11:15 am

    […] a university blog, open-search suspect Erik Borra writes about the decline and final demise of 911truth.org. in google search results. On 911truth.org, it has become apparent that several readers have […]

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:16 am

    […] was the disappearance of 911truth.org from Google’s result page for the query ‘9/11′, while it used to have a prominent place in the top 5 in the months before. Although there is no […]

  • November 25, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Strange enough I can’t get our page ranked high at all, while lots of amateur pages in the same business, having no idea on webdesign get right to the top.

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