The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is an international socialist news site that is the online news and information center of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). The site is closely associated with the TrotskyistSocialist Equality Party. The World Socialist Web Site publishes articles and analysis of news and events from around the world, updated daily. The site also includes extensive 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 World Socialist Web Site periodically undertakes focused political campaigns, during which numerous articles, videos, interviews, and perspectives are published on the topic. Campaigns undertaken by the WSWS include defense of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, defense of civil rights and free speech, intervention in the 2015 United Automobile Workers (UAW) concessions contract and other contract negotiations, and the opposition to utility shutoffs and bankruptcy in Detroit. The WSWS is against what is sees as imperialist wars.
The daily 'Perspective' article presents the position of the WSWS on a range of political, theoretical, and historical issues.
News articles which cover the day's significant international political and economic developments
Arts Review – under the orship of Marxist arts critics David Walsh and Joanne Laurier critiquing films, film festivals, music selections, theatre productions, and writing lectures concerning Art and Socialism
Science – Human Genetics, Evolution, the Internet, Space Research & Astronomy, and Climate Change
Workers' Struggles, reporting from picket lines across the world, and inviting workers to write in about their experiences
"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 World Socialist Website began a campaign to oppose new Googlesearch algorithms, which it believes is a form of Google censorship, and the 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 it is said, between late April 2017 and the beginning of August 2017, wsws.org Google search traffic fell by 67%. "This is not an accident," David North told The New York Times in September 2017. "This is some form of deliberate intervention". He was "against censorship in any form" and speculated "It’s not going to stop with the World Socialist Web Site. It’s going to expand and spread". The newspaper, using SimilarWeb, could not "find the same level of traffic declines at all of [left] publications". Google has rejected the claim it has consciously targeted any website, but 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.
The World Socialist Web Site publishes interviews with workers, students, academics, and artists.
The World Socialist Web Site commemorated the Russian Revolution of 1917. The site published a weekly chronology entitled 'This Week in the Russian Revolution', which brought forward global events, Russian events, culture, and political questions each week throughout 1917. Writers of the World Socialist Web Site participated in a lecture series concerning questions surrounding the Russian Revolutions of February and October.