Google plan to de-rank RT, Sputnik violates freedom of speech – Moscow

Google’s plans to “engineer” algorithms to make it harder for articles from Sputnik and RT to appear on the search engine’s news service is direct censorship and a violation of the fundamental principles of freedom of speech, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. Such artificial ranking of search results “if introduced, will contradict both common sense and the human right to free access to information on the Internet,” she said. The move will also directly affect normal competition among the media, Zakharova added.