Leaked Google documents suggest the tech giant wants increased censorship of the internet and believes other internet firms should police debate online.
The 85-page paper, leaked by a Google employee, claims that cyber harassment, racism and people venting their frustrations are ‘eroding’ free speech online.
It says that the ability to post anonymously has ’empowered’ online commenters to express their views ‘recklessly’ and ‘with abandon’.
Censoring the internet could make comment sections safer and more civil for everyone, the report concludes.
In response to the leak, Google insisted the document was not company policy, though it admitted the research was something being considered by top bosses.
Internet rights advocates said that censoring online debate risks hampering free speech and creating an environment in which the views of some groups are not tolerated by big technology firms.
Cyber harassment, cyber racism and venting are among the listed reasons for the why users have behaved badly
The report reads: ‘When they’re angry, people vent their frustrations.
‘But whereas people used to tell friends and family about bad experiences, the internet now provides a limitless audience for our gripes.’
Anonymity of users is also earmarked as a potential danger online, claiming that people were more likely to share abhorrent or radical views due to the lack of accountability.
Racism, hate speech, trolling and harassment are also mentioned in the extensive report, which was leaked to Breitbart.
It adds: ‘Although people have long been racist, sexist and hateful in many other ways, they weren’t empowered by the internet to recklessly express their views with abandon.’
Groups which were once minority have been emboldened to discuss their radical views online as the internet provides them with a safe space to communicate, the report suggests.