The Search Engine Manipulation Effect, SEME for short, is a phenomenon identified by Dr. Robert Epstein, Ph.D. a Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. 

As a research psychologist for nearly 40 years he has authored over 300 scientific publications and published 15 books on related topics. Dr. Epstein is a lifelong Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in the last election.

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Quincy Adams

I don’t know why I waste my time running down all these “deep state” conspiracy theories. But as expected, Dr. Epstein is a typical delusional loon who put together “himself” a non peer-reviewed white paper that was poorly sourced with tiny inadequate samples to extrapolate the impact on millions and didn’t even bother to disclose the underlying methodology he used. Other than that, it was perfect.

His motivation for criticizing Google is most likely because his website was marked with a security warning and blocked to protect visitors from malware that could infect people’s computers.

Copied from Epstein’s wikipedia page…

In 2012, Epstein publicly disputed with Google Search over a security warning placed on links to his website.[10] His website, which features mental health screening tests, was blocked for serving malware that could infect visitors to the site. Epstein emailed "Larry Page, Google's chief executive; David Drummond, Google's legal counsel; Epstein's congressman; and journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, and Newsweek."[10] In it, Epstein threatened legal action if the warning concerning his website was not removed, and denied that any problems with his website existed.[10] Several weeks later, Epstein admitted his website had been hacked, but criticized Google for tarnishing his name and not helping him find the infection.[11]

Google dismissed Epstein's research as "nothing more than a poorly constructed conspiracy theory".[20] Epstein's white paper was not peer-reviewed and was challenged by other researchers. Among the criticisms was that a small sample size was used to extrapolate conclusions about a population of millions and the lack of disclosure of the underlying methodology.

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