Do you know who founded Greenpeace? It was Irving Stowe, Dorothy Stowe and Patrick Moore. If you try to look up those names, only two will still appear. What happened? Did they have a falling out? Did Greenpeace scrub one of its own founders from its history?
That’s not quite what happened. The big problem came with Moore left Greenpeace (after having been its president) in 1986. Since, he has levied endless criticism at the group. He has berated them for “abandoning science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism.” He’s even gone so far as to state that climate change is a complete hoax. He didn’t offer minor disagreements about how much climate change there might be and how much is man-made. He called the whole thing a hoax.
You can see the source of the disagreement, but that’s not why his name has disappeared. In fact, Greenpeace had nothing to do with that part. Instead, Google decided that he should no longer be associated with the group. They unilaterally scrubbed his associations with Greenpeace from their search results. Wikipedia, Facebook and a number of other tech groups followed suit.
So, why did Google suddenly make the change? Is Moore lying about his former status with Greenpeace? As weird as this story is, the answers are pretty clear, and you can find them in this video. It’s scarier than you might first think. Take a look.