Google is the largest search engine, so yeah, you would say that they management the Web. When you seek for one thing and Google decides to censor it, it will not be discovered. So if you do not know the tackle you might be screwed. Positive there are different search engines like google and yahoo, however nothing stops them to do the identical. And nearly all of the customers do not know the best way to attain info with out the massive search engines like google and yahoo.
With social media the story is a bit completely different. However they’ll additionally affect and management the knowledge you see with out being suspected of censorship. They simply put info on low precedence so you do not even see these channels in any respect in your feeds. Thus they do management the Web.
After all they do not management the Web straight. That the suppliers do, the registries (like ARIN, APNIC, RIPE and so on. and the area registries) and in the end ICANN. With out the registries you do not get IP Adresses, with out the area registries you do not get straightforward accessible names as a substitute of sophisticated IP addresses, with out the suppliers and their peering contracts you do not get routed to your vacation spot. Technically it’s useless straightforward to chop off a whole nation from the Web, even a whole continent. You merely delete the corresponding routing entries and/or block the IP Adresses on the highest stage of their cidr assignments. I block on my servers for instance something assigned to APNIC. It is just a handful of entries.
And in case you have sufficient political energy you possibly can simply put sufficient strain on the Web exchanges to regulate them.
Anyway, just a few organisations and Firms have sufficient affect to basically management the Web and resolve what you get to see or not.