Google: We Are Not Censoring The Syrian Arab News Agency

Sep 17, 2013 • 8:32 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

The Syrian Arab News Agency LogoThe Syrian Arab News Agency doesn't show up in Google when you search for [Syrian Arab News Agency] but it does come up in Bing when you search for [Syrian Arab News Agency].

Why? Is Google censoring the Syrian news web site because of what is going on between the United States of America and Syria? Nah.

Google's Distinguished Engineer, Matt Cutts, spotted the rumors in a Hacker News thread and said Google is absolutely not blocking or censoring the The Syrian Arab News Agency. In fact, he said since August, Google has had a hard to indexing the site, as if The Syrian Arab News Agency is maybe blocking Google intentionally or unintentionally.

Matt Cutts said in the thread:

I asked the crawl/indexing team about this, and it looks like hasn't let Google crawl the site since August. It's unclear whether it's deliberate vs. something like timeouts. So it's nothing on Google's side. No webspam-related issues or anything like that, either.

Why is Bing and DuckDuckGo able to index the site? That is a good question. It makes me think that the agency specifically is blocking Google and not other search engines.

Matt Cutts did add:

In fact, if were to register for Google's free webmaster console at , then they would have gotten automatic alert emails regarding the high level of errors we get when trying to crawl the site.

Here is a screen shot of Google's search results for the agency's name:

The Syrian Arab News Agency In Google

Here is a screen shot of Bing's search results for the agency's name:

The Syrian Arab News Agency in Bing

Forum discussion at Hacker News.

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Sunny Ujjawal

09/17/2013 12:41 pm

But all robots are fine in this site, Something intentional from Google


09/17/2013 01:04 pm

...or maybe someone just doesn't want Google to crawl and index and has blocked Googlebot specifically... No, your right. With limited information the best thing to do is assume.


09/17/2013 01:52 pm

The main point is, that there are companies who don't care about the search engines. " Do you want to crawl our web property? Go ahead. But don't expect us to do something special to make your job easier. " It's highly possible, that in couple of years it will be the norm.


09/17/2013 03:22 pm

yes, it clear penguin and panda internet censorship! No google dictatorship!!! Also it show google "quality" 2013, it even unable to crawl website when bing can do it! Only money, websites banning, "spammers" and reconsideration requests (evil) - what only google cares now.


09/18/2013 03:35 pm

Not to undermine Syria but, they may not even know about Bing or other Bots out there.... maybe they did a robot.txt blocking Google bots (for whatever reason) because that's the only one they know of or concerned about..... therfore other bots have free reign.

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