For the last two weeks site traffic to non-mainstream sites has fallen as Google has stopped referring people on its news pages. However at the same time Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, has said that he will not take down terrorist-sympathising websites from his search engines.
This weekend MPs, including the Labour politician Paul Flynn, called on the company to prevent searches listing sites for groups such as the Islamist organisation Al Shabaab. However Schmidt said that Google cannot identify evil and take it down. It has to take the decision that information if it's legal, even if it's despicable, will be indexed.
He claimed that extremists are usually possible to detect through their internet activity and that their online presence can sometimes help.