Corporate censorship directed against pro-male human-rights websites
Some people seem to think that the censorship directed against Fathers for Life, its affiliated blog, and against my other websites (the latter being community oriented), involves someone taking them down. That needs to be clarified.
Nothing has been taken down. There are two (perhaps more) insidious methods that are being used to censor Fathers for Life and its affiliated blogs, but the problem exten[d]s far beyond Fathers for Life (more about that farther down).
- Filtering and blocking such as that being done at the present (and who knows for how long that has been going on) by O2 (a major, European, multinational communications services provider) and by Symantec (makers and vendors of Norton Antivirus and of filtering and blocking software, such as that used in parental control packages), (See more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_censorship#Internet )
- Changes in ranking algorithms that search engine providers apply to web sites and the topics of the web pages they cover when indexing websites for their search engines. A high rank results in hits for searches for a given website or web page being shown high on the search-return list, while a low rank will result in the listing being shown much farther down on a search-return list, perhaps so far down that few, if any, people will bother scrolling down far enough on the list to even see the entry on the search-return list.
I don’t know to what extent one influences the other, but the second method is a far more effective and far more pervasive one than the first. I estimate that, for instance, Fathers for Life receives now about one tenth or less of the traffic volume it should be receiving.
Not only Erin Pizzey’s web pages (Erin Pizzey is the founder of the first modern battered women shelter, 1971, in Chiswick, London, England) are being affected by the corporate censorship but all of the website of Fathers for Life is, except for two sub-domains, both containing pages by women activists, Dale O’Leary and Louise Malenfant (deceased, April 2006):
You can see what makes me say so, by comparing the traffic trends for the ten most popular file directories at Fathers for Life.
Some of the evidence that I feel I have for what search engine providers are doing is explained there. Google would be the culprit, as about 90 percent of the visitors coming to Fathers for Life find the website via search engines, and most of those visitors, by far, arrive due to having used Google Search.
There is no way Google will admit what they are doing, as that would involve explaining how they apply their ranking algorithms and what changes they made to them over the years. Therefore all of the evidence I have is circumstantial, nevertheless strongly incriminating.
Consider what the total traffic volume history was for the website when I began using Google Analytics in October 2006, cobbled together from web-counter statistics with the help of MS Excel.
While from October 30 to November 5, 2006, the website had a total of 40,238 page views, the number of page views had increased to 140,698 for the week of December 9 – 15, 2006. Compared to about 75,000 visits a week in October of 2006, presently the website receives in the order of 4,750 visits a week, about 6.3% of what the traffic volume was then. Furthermore, that is even though the volume of the information is far greater, and its quality and format are far better, than they were then.
This web page shows what the traffic-volumes for the most popular web pages at Fathers for Life were around that time, and it has been steadily going downhill since, in little spurts, now and then, at times coinciding with the annual Christmas slump in traffic — which then obscured what was being done, with every one of those actions leaving a lasting effect, all of which added up to the ranking of the website of Fathers for Life being now down in the dumps.
Here is the link to a graph at the bottom of the page, a graph that shows the total numbers of visits and page views at the time to the website of Fathers for Life.
All of that is far too big for me or any of the people aware of it for now. It needs involvement by a search-engine optimization expert.
I am not concerned about any of this because of loss of income. Except for providing free ad-space for a few pro-male authors, I run absolutely no ads for anyone and earn absolutely no income from any of my websites or blogs, not a single cent.
No, my concern is almost exclusively that as of now there are at least about 90 pro-male and pro-family human-rights websites throughout the world that are being silenced through corporate censorship in the same fashion the website of Fathers for Life is being silenced.