The Conservative Treehouse (The Last Refuge) was one of the sites on the list. Access via Google has now been restored.
Google said it has fixed a “bug” that led to several conservative websites disappearing from its search results on Tuesday, but a former engineer for the tech giant said the glitch may have inadvertently exposed an internal list that targeted certain news outlets.
“It appears to have revealed the existence of another blacklist that disproportionately targets conservatives,” Mike Wacker said in a message to the website Mediaite.
“The glitch is that sites on this blacklist disappeared from Google search results, but the existence of the list is very much by design. And that raises a major question: Why was this blacklist created in the first place, and what else is it used for?” Wacker questioned.
For several hours Tuesday morning and early afternoon, users couldn’t access a number of websites on Google search, including Breitbart, the Drudge Report, the Bongino Report and the National Pulse.