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The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is an international socialist news site that is the online news and information publication of the 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 World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) was established on February 14, 1998, as an online purveyor of socialist news and analysis. The site was launched as a means of turning the official organ of the Workers League, the newspaper The Bulletin, into an online newspaper. 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.
The WSWS publishes articles on politics, finance and economics, culture, police violence, and labor issues.
"This Week in History", providing brief synopses of important historical events occurring 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago
ICFI/Marxist Library - the Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party is archived, along with original translations of classic Marxist literature, with works by James P. Cannon, Leon Trotsky, Vladimir Lenin, and Karl Marx
Demotion in Google searches
In July 2017, the WSWS began to oppose new Googlesearch 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, wsws.org 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.