--- ok u know what... it is officially time to ween off of google. I need my youtube account and will use maps from time to time, but no more main email being gmail, no more chrome.
Google's secret plan to censor the internet: Giant wants tech companies to police what users post, leaked report reveals
- 85-page document blames a number of factors for the 'erosion' of free speech
- The report lists several 'bad behaviours' on the internet, including racism
- Anonymity, cyber harassment and venting all deemed part of a wider problem
Leaked Google documents suggest the tech giant wants increased censorship of the internet and believes other internet firms should police debate online.
The 85-page paper, leaked by a Google employee, claims that cyber harassment, racism and people venting their frustrations are 'eroding' free speech online.
It says that the ability to post anonymously has 'empowered' online commenters to express their views 'recklessly' and 'with abandon'.
Censoring the internet could make comment sections safer and more civil for everyone, the report concludes.
In response to the leak, Google insisted the document was not company policy, though it admitted the research was something being considered by top bosses.
Internet rights advocates said that censoring online debate risks hampering free speech and creating an environment in which the views of some groups are not tolerated by big technology firms.