World Socialist Web Site

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The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is an international socialist news site published by the Trotskyist International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) The WSWS publishes articles and analysis of news and events from around the world, updated daily. The site also includes coverage of the history of working class political and organized labor movements. The WSWS has 250,000 monthly readers.[1]


The WSWS was established on February 14, 1998. The site was redesigned on October 22, 2008.

The WSWS supports and helps campaign for the Socialist Equality Parties in elections. The site has no advertisements, except for material from Mehring Books, the ICFI's publishing arm. Instead, it sustains itself through the donations of readers and supporters. David North serves as Chairman of the site's International Editorial Board.[2]


The WSWS publishes articles on politics, finance and economics, culture, police violence, racism, war, media and information technology, corporate power, history, and labor issues. It also regularly reviews films, television and online series, music, art and artists, and books and authors.

The WSWS periodically undertakes focused political campaigns, during which numerous articles, videos, interviews, and perspectives are published on the topic. Campaigns undertaken include defending Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning,and Edward Snowden, civil rights and free speech, and the opposition to utility shutoffs and bankruptcy in Detroit.

Demotion in Google searches

In July 2017, the WSWS began to oppose new Google search algorithms, which it believes is a form of Google censorship, and claims that the changes are intended to remove "fake news". The WSWS has used evidence from Semrush, an analytics suite for search engine optimization, that showed that several socialist and anti-war news sites had received reduced traffic from Google due to changes in its search algorithm; according to the WSWS, between late April 2017 and the beginning of August 2017, Google search traffic fell by 67%. Google said that it had not deliberately targeted any particular website; Google VP Ben Gomes wrote that Google had "adjusted [its] signals to help surface more authoritative pages and demote low-quality content." The documentary film-maker John Pilger has offered his support for the website in its response to Google.

External Links

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  1. Karlen Vesper (2 January 2018). "Socialism is coming back" Neues Deutschland. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  2. Our correspondents (16 May 2013). "David North speaks in Berlin on the 15th anniversary of the World Socialist Web Site" WSWS. Retrieved 3 May 2021.