Google recently announced major changes to its search engine to combat “the spread of blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information.” We believe Google needs to target anti-fracking websites specifically, which have needlessly instilled fear in the general public by making claims unsupported by data or evidence.
The most prominent anti-fracking websites have content that is misleading, false, or offensive – if not all three. Google must purge or demote this kind of information from its algorithm, which in turn will encourage a more honest public discussion about hydraulic fracturing, and oil and natural gas development in general.
With their bogus claims about everything from water contamination to air pollution, anti-fracking groups have refused to accept the findings of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and peer-reviewed research from around the world. What they are sharing is not useful information – it is fake news, and deserves to be classified as such.
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