After making a concession for a few years by running a small flag and yellow ribbon picture below its search bar, the search engine giant which has a monopoly on conventional search went back to ignoring Memorial Day.
After protests mounted, the flag and ribbon were grudgingly restored. However unlike their pictures for every other event, there is no link to “Memorial Day” meaning that if you know, you know. If you don’t, Google isn’t about to inform you.
This isn’t the first time that Google, which went out of its way to honor leftists like Caesar Chavez and to protest Russia’s gay laws during the Olympics, has been called out for ignoring an occasion that it clearly does not care to commemorate.
This issue has been going on for a while. In 2008, Google claimed that, “If we were to commemorate this holiday, we’d want to express reverence; however, as Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature, this would be a particularly challenging design.”
Right. So it finally settled for running a flag and yellow ribbon. And now it jettisoned that because it clearly only did that as a concession to critics. Then when people complained, it brought it back.
Google wields enormous practical power. It has a virtual monopoly on the internet that is only broken by its failure to build a competitive social media platform. It spends a good deal of money lobbying and too few people ask what its agenda is.
Every other search engine makes a point of commemorating Memorial Day. Google makes a point of not doing it.