Google takes down Kefaya

The Fantastic people at google seem to have it for the egyptian opposition to the Mubarak regime. It's not bad enough that they had disabled Wael Abbas' youtube account with all the egyptian police human rights abuses and torture videos (only to have it restored again when the outrage became too big), now they have made the website for Kefaya (the egyptian movement for change), which has been around for 3 years and very active, disappear completely off of their search engine. You can't find it anywhere. Gemy alerted me to the story when he tried all possible combinations : Kefaya, Harakmasria, everything, in english and in arabic. Nothing on google. Websites that talk about Kefaya show up but not the actual website or any of its Cache. This is not the case with yahoo for example as you can see for yourself. So the question now is, what kind of a deal did Google make with the egyptian regime to remove this site from its results page? I mean, we were understandable when it came to China, but is Google officially the friend of every tyrannical regime in the world now? Is that what google now is about? 

I don't want to think so, but the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming. 

Comments

  1. Yikes, this is scary. I’d say a blogging campaign about Google’s practice is in order. Even if people don’t care a fig about this particular website that Google is trying to suppress, they should care about the precedent it is setting and worry about what will be next on the suppression –or the many, many nexts as the case will undoubtedly be if a precedent raises no alarms or outcry.

  2. Sandra Mendoza says:

    Will I have to boycott Google as I boycott Yahoo for collaborating with the communist Chinese to close down and worse expose Chinese dissidents?

    Boycotts work. Look how Hollywood is hurting. Their anti-war and anti-american movies are flopping bigtime at the box office. And actors have been warned by the studios to keep their anti-american comments to themselves. Johnny Depp was quite obviously told the financial facts of life by Disney which wanted to keep its humongously successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise going.

    My heart broke during the student uprising in Tiannamen Square, and when the Chinese community in San Francisco commissioned Thomas Marsh to re-sculpt the Goddess of Democracy which waits here for the day China will be free, I cheered.

    I boycott the products of companies that no longer consider themselves American but multi-national such as Colgate-Palmolive.

    I even started boycotting some programs on Faux News, which was taking its conservative audience for granted and reaching out to liberals. and in what seemed a nanosecond, MSNBC hired a former Florida Republican Congressman, Joe Scarborough to take over Imus’s morning timeslot. The show has been highly successful and now MSNBC is advertising itself as “the place for politics”. How quickly things can change.

    Google be warned.

  3. That is bad news. I forward the information.

  4. well observed and surprise google goes slimey again. Sandra, admirable stance but we would need mass boycotting by people the world over to have any significant effect. What would be an equally good alternative?

    I personally dislike kefaya and think there’s more to them than meets the eye, and not in a good way. They merely capitalise on people’s discontent without offering any solutions. Do they actually have any policies to deal with the ever increasing inflation; the increasingly high number of people living under the poverty line; providing clean water and a decent home to every friggin citizen? Do they do anything apart from bop around with their yellow stickers and whip everyone into a frenzy?

  5. Isn’t there another explanation? I feel we’d be giving the Egyptian regime too much credit if this was true…

  6. I am far from defending Google in many cases but… Google “kefaya.org “…

    The problem is NOT a “de-listing” but the fact that Kefaya as a TERM has more popular results than this particular site.

    Furthermore – if you Google the TERM “Kefaya” – the 102nd site that comes up… is kefaya.org

    Please do the due diligence. If you want kefaya.org to come up higher – then LINK to it. That is an important way to get a site higher in Google rankings.

    *sigh*

  7. why is such a popular website like kefaya at 102nd position? don’t google rankings work on no. of hits too?

  8. Of course, if this is true, than that’s horeshit. YouTube pulled a stupid-ass move (but promptly rectified) on Wael Abbas so I wouldn’t put it past Google.

    And I agree with Anna. I’m not sure how you can throw a hodgepodge of Leftists, Islamists, Secularists, WhoKnowsWhats together?? Frankly, that sounds ridiculous to me. People within same ideological boundaries conflict on issues…what the HELL is an Islamist and a Secularist gonna agree on? Lol. I understand a unified voice of change to replace our Pharaoh but, c’mon let’s be a little realistic…

    Good luck Kefaya

  9. Yeah, I’ve heard that searching Google’s database from China, you can’t find anything about the infamous “Tank Man” from the Tiannamen Massacres. Also, there is alot of controversy over Google Books for several reasons, if you can find any information about it. Now this….

    Just goes to show money can corrupt any company.

  10. I’m not saying it’s not disappeared on purpose, but…

    1. If webmaster tries to optimize the site for SEO using one of the borderline techniques to try to gain positionon Google, it can be automatically banned from search results. I have my business web design site disappeared from Google once after optimization – it probably decided I have “doorway pages” – I didn’t, but some pages could have triggered that. It was restored after I re-optimized.

    2. If the website is done incorectly in terms of SEO, has a low PR score, and does not have many inboud linke, it can have 102-nd place, I don’t see a problem with that…

  11. Truthteller says:

    re: sucram

    Google might have significantly lowered Kefaya’s page rank, though it appears to show up as a 6. Which would normally mean that it should show up much higher. They might have arranged the algorithm to bury it deeper or someone working for the egyptian government or some movement hostile to it, might have been playing with pushing it down

  12. Us Iraqi’s had a similar problem with Google (see http://asterism.blogspot.com/2006/06/is-google-evil.html) when their Arabic translation site converted the phrase “Iraqi People” to “Annihilation of the people”. The problem with Google is it is a huge organisation and they just don’t listen to their users. The only way I can see that this can be corrected is that we assume the worst and let the bad news filter up. Ignorance is no excuse.

  13. Very, very unfortunate…

  14. Bullshit.

    It’s all about the SEO.

    Wake up to technology, PLEASE!

  15. http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=kefaya&meta=

    Silver medal for Kefaya.org!

    Wikipedia gets gold!

  16. holly shit, like only 2 Arabs on this comment section about a little rinky dinky perished Egyptian opposition party called kefaya. Like 10 Israeli’s here, the rest Zionist Christians I take it, I mean what the fuck right.

    Talk about the traitors lounge or the Jewish Israeli cyber cafe hosted by Zionist dollars by corrupted Egyptian elitist kids with a hard on for promiscuous Israeli girls who only sleep with him cuz of their belief that they are gaining merits by corrupting the mind of their enemies. No wonder your a fucking alcoholic Sandmonkey, I mean with friends like that. You in the closet Israeli lover.

  17. WTF…

  18. Dude it is exactly the same with a lot of the terrorist organizations websites. You can find them mentioned in like a million articles but no actual URL’s to the sites them self.
    Try searching for Al Qaeda’s media arm, Al Sahab. Bet you wont find it. you would think with billions of dollars going on to trillions now, that there is at least some sort of cautionary cooperation at best by Egypt and the strong arm companies that play a vital role in American national security to be able to scramble a single site for the sake of the billions of dollars it has been giving?

  19. CarpetCaptain says:

    I googled kefaya on google.ca and the top result was http://www.harakamasria.org/ . I’ve never been to their site so I’m not sure if this is their official site or not. I do know that google in the last year has opened a regional office in Cairo. I have no doubt that their hopes for a regional presence will result in them having to play nice with Mubarak and gang (literal meaning)

  20. i tried the queries “kefaya” and “harakamasria” in google.com and google.com.eg and both return harakamasria.org as their first result.

  21. Cafe Alpha says:

    You mean this Kifaya?

    To quote a Mr. Sandmonkey:
    The fantastic coalition of Kifaya were struggeling with irrelavancy ever since Mubarak “won” the “presidential elections” and all of their candidates lost in the parliamentary elections. This has caused them to become desperate, and it showed during the cartoon crisis, when the leaders of the secularist Kifaya, led by christian marxist George Ishac, wanted to start a demonstration protesting the danish cartoons. And now it shows again, with their new and updated manifesto, which now puts “Confronting the dangers of american imperialism and zionist agression” as a priority before “changing the regime of Egypt”. Their new goal? Renegating the Camp David peace agreement with Israel, which, in their psycho nasserite eyes, has made Egypt lose its standing in the arab world. And as we all know, standing is more important than peace, right? Right!

    Remember?

    Yes it’s worrisome if Google isn’t indexing Kifaya.

    Buy I also want to remind people that Kifaya is fucking retarded! Fuck Kifaya!