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February 27, 2017

Google delisting and penalty on controversial health news site divides webmasters

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Google penalty on Controversial health news website called " Natural News" news  continues to draws fierce reactions among webmasters and those who see  a big brother google determined to control political narrative in what it terms as Paid and Fake news.The website is run by Scientologist Mike Adams (self-labeled "The Health Ranger")

Many say that the website has been targeted due to its controversial news content which many term "fake and unscientific".The website has in the past claim to have exposed “strange fibers” found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health “gurus,” dangerous “detox” products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics. The website Natural health is known for popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply.

The  alternative news site mainly focuses on controversial Health , Medicine and science news .The penalty and removing all of its 144,000 pages by Google seems to be drawing fierce reactions across both end of the spectrum due to its delisting by google . The news site confirmed being removed from Google and recently it claimed that Google banned them because the site was pro-Trump and many of its views were against the commonly held “ideologies of the mainstream media websites.

However Google recently explained that a apparent "Google webmaster violation is the reason this website was penalized by Google, not its controversial nature.Meanwhile natural news stuck to its stand that “ its ideologies and editorial narrative was the reason of Google’s clampdown.Meanwhile  John Mueller, a Webmaster Trends Analysts at Google, has now posted on Twitter saying Google did post a message about the penalty in Google Search Console. He also added a thread that the site was penalized due to sneaky mobile redirects. According to Searchengineland John said: 

 "Hi! I work with the Google Search team. We’re seeing a bit of confusion & incorrect stories circulating about what’s happening here, so just to be super clear — Natural News is using a sneaky mobile redirect, which is prohibited by our webmaster guidelines (there’s a bit about this kind of issue at https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2015/10/detect-and-get-rid-of-unwanted-sneaky.html ). These redirects aren’t always easy to reproduce, they’re sometimes in widgets or served by ad networks, and can target specific devices, browsers, or user locations. When we last checked, there was one on http://blogs. naturalnews. com/bentonite-clay-a-natural-medicine-cabinet-must-have/.As soon as this is cleaned up, the site can submit a reconsideration request through Search Console, and once that’s reviewed things will return to normal. No action has been taken based on the editorial content of this site "

Meanwhile Over 51,000 people have already signed this White House petition that asks President Trump to intervene and halt Google’s blatant censorship of one of the world’s most beloved resources on natural health, disease prevention and free thinking. 

According to natural news Google has increasingly penalized and even banned the promotion of natural medicine remedies that compete with Big Pharma’s lucrative drug profits. According to a release published at its website, Natural News says “Google has deliberately sought to disconnect humanity from natural health solutions that prevent disease while tweaking its search algorithm to favor “official” medicine sources that are all tied into Big Pharma’s lucrative drug monopolies.