Frequently Asked Questions
What is StatesOne?
A search engine highlighting best local media from 40+ countries in 360°.
What is StatesOne not?
A state media, a media, a national portal, an association website, a conspiracy website.
How do you guarantee fairness regarding indexation of local websites?
StatesOne will never ask money from local websites to get indexed. We promote them for free since 2012 in a strictly equal presentation. Our product has so far indexed 40+ countries. If your country (your local media) is not yet indexed, please wait until we release new countries feeds. Follow us on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, Pinterest to get notified about new countries release.
Who grants StatesOne the right to index local websites or national portals without their consent?
While we innovate regarding our product, we do not claim to innovate regarding the indexation methods commonly used in the tech industry. Top ten search engines among which Internet giants do not ask each website, blog or national portal to be indexed. As a start-up company, we have no pretension to do so. Besides, we use regular means of indexation if the local media has given consent to release its content in the Public Domain. Indeed, we use RSS feeds and other API tools allowed or used by the local media to index its data. Local media can contact us anytime to ask a permanent non-indexation of their content. We are among top search engines which allow them to do so.
How do you guarantee that you do not store, sell, or transfer indexed data to any third-parties?
As stipulated in our G.C.U, we will never store, sell or transfer indexed data to any third-parties. This is our best guarantee to our final users and local websites owners. Besides, we are the first search engine in world's history to enable Phoenix© - a vanishing news system that automatically destroys indexed data after a certain time, which means the data available are only displayed for a certain period. Other search engines may store, sell or transfer indexed data, or use indexed data as part of their SEO strategy. As a start-up company, we use an aggregation of data which is replaced by new one after a certain time. It would have been much easier to store data and news articles for SEO purposes, but we have deliberately chosen an eco-friendly path regarding our carbon emissions as a search engine.
Is StatesOne controlled by a country, a group of hackers, a group of interest or by a state agency?
No. StatesOne is controlled and developed by two (2) people trying to build a long-standing vehicle within the tech industry for less-represented countries on the Internet. Our start-up does not relate to any known or hidden group of interest. Our start-up company is regularly registered in France (Paris) and our servers regularly hosted in the US (Los Angeles).
Do you have control over the content of the indexed data?
No. StatesOne is a data host. StatesOne does not edit, correct or add content to the data it indexes. Indexed data have been written by local media.
How do you fight "fake news" if you have no control over the indexed data?
Fake news is not the main responsibility of search engines. It is the main responsibility of local media which produce news articles. Moreover, search engines may limit the proliferation of fake news by developing new fighting tools. Our new 3.2 version allows final users to comment or report a news article they judge fake. They are invited to tell why the article is "fake", since it is obviously easy for anybody to declare news as "fake". Our job as a search engine is limited to the indexation of local media in order to help them reach global audience. Our job is not to control content of each article indexed. Rest assured that we will remove any content not corresponding to our Conditions.
Controversy: entities fighting "fake news" can often spread "fake news" for their own publicity, lobbying or personal interest.
On March 5, 2017 a website struggling "against fake information about events in Ukraine" (http://www.stopfake.org) reported StatesOne as a "Russian media" diffusing a "manipulated topic". data
Why is this news fake?
StatesOne is not Russian, nor a media. StatesOne is a search engine developed by a French-based start-up company - company law falling into the French Law (taxation) and in the EU Law (Right To Be Forgotten) who has no political or geo-strategic interest in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. As other search engines, we index data related to Russia and Ukraine as published by local media (based on our 40+ listed countries). StatesOne is not accountable for the content of the data published and is not intended to control the publications of local journalists and news professionals which we are promoting for free and encouraging.
Why is StatesOne reported as such, while other search engines indexing the same article are not flagged as indexing a "manipulated topic"?
Top search engines will naturally index reported "manipulated topic" because they are committed to indexing news, which is their main job. If they are not reported by stopfake.org, it is either unfair to StatesOne (which is the only search engine on Earth to enable a vanishing news system to fight the proliferation of propaganda content), either the reporter has found a personal interest to report StatesOne.
Why is there a Russian flag on your World News section instead of the Ukrainian flag?
The first users of our platform noticed that we index "world news" in world's main 6 languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, English, Russian, Spanish as mentioned by the United Nations Charter. Russian media such as Tass, RT, Sputnik are naturally indexed in that section because they publish news articles regarding "world news". Our team has no control over the data published by these entities. Our team can delete a news article reported as "fake" if the reporter of the fake news article has justified with irrefutable content or materials that the concerned news is "fake".
How do you guarantee other countries to get equally indexed on StatesOne?
Further countries will soon be indexed on StatesOne, among which Ukraine. Those countries have not yet been indexed because we are mainly promoting countries which have been less-represented on the Internet for decades, such as: Sub-Saharan African countries, South-East Asian countries, Latin American countries. With the recent release of new countries, such as Romania, Slovenia, Albania, Turkey, our team is widening the scope of its indexed countries to help everybody discover them in 360°.
Our mission is to help local media to get known in the world by displaying them for free. As other search engines, we automatically index data released by local media and have the responsibility to develop new tools to stop the proliferation of "fake news".