I just showed several examples of Inquisitr committing content theft aka plagiarism and now we have word from an insider about exactly how rampant and widespread plagiarism at the Inquisitr is.
‘Hello…i recently quit the Inquisitr and during my time there I saw repeated acts of plagiarism and repeated fake stories posted. They asked that you pull your info from other sites and rewrite the information. Even if they did speak with a writer about an article being or bordering plagiarism thy did not pull the article. The owner is based in Iran and it makes no sense how they could pay the rates they do if you compare U.S. currency to Iran’s.If you had a $600 week that translates to nearly $17,000 rial. I’ve also seen Inquisitr stories get google ratings over leading news outlets even if the story came out days later when the subject was old news. I am by no means a conspiracy theorist, but I think there may be truth to the rumor that the Inquisitr is how Treisman gets money into the United States.’
This is interesting after the most recent hoax they propagated about a dinosaur birthday cake from Costco which allegedly depicted a dinosaur’s feet in the shape of number “666” on July 13th by John Albrecht. Costco allegedly pulled the dinosaur cake design from its online ordering platform.
Problem is you can’t order birthday cakes online from Costco!
And even better, the ‘customer’ at the center of the story was the Inquisitr reporter’s girlfriend.
So the Inquisitr has gone in to MAJOR damage control talking about themselves as victims who were “duped”. Problem is this is not an anomaly. There are numerous claims of the site propagating hoaxes and reporters not doing even the most minimal due diligence to verify claims–and now reinforced by this claim by an ex employee that content theft was encouraged and was the norm. If the Inquisitr is this naive then they do not deserve to be called “news”.
The question is why does Google give the Inquisitr such preferential treatment. There are countless claims of plagiarism against the site which viewers have reported and countless examples of circular linking schemes with sites like WetPaint and the Examiner, but Google refuses to take any action to remove them from Google News and remove them from the top of the SERPS.
I suspect the truth is that Google and the other search engines in Silicon Valley are not only in the biz of content curation, but they are also in the BIG biz of content creation. After all since they control the supply and demand end of advertising their profits can not really grow unless they find new methods of guaranteed revenue and being the content creators allows them to keep 100% of the ad revenue.
Another prolific writer at TechCrunch was hired as a Partner at Google Ventures. Imagine that…look at the guys resume…not all that impressive in all. MG Siegler went from being a writer at TechCrunch to a partner at a multi-billion dollar investment company.
Siegler is also CrunchBase so you can see how all of these websites have an agenda to prop up big G and I imagine big G returns the favor.
By the way, if you examine each Google Venture company and there must be over a hundred by now you will see one mysterious commonality…they all have employees from “TechCruch” or “Crunchbase”.
In other words there certainly appears to be a connection between The Inquisitr and Google.
UPDATE 2/17/2016: Check out this ad for a post in The Inquisitr…$250 and notice how they brag about their PR of 6. This is highly unethical yet it seems that The Inquisitr can do no wrong in the eyes of Google. And this should prove it.
If you have any info I highly recommend starting a blog and sharing it. The more these companies are exposed the more likely things will change. Google needs to stop playing favorites and bring transparency to this system. Put sites like The Inquisitr where they belong….at the bottom.