If it had been a proper randomized study (i.e. roll a dice and up/down vote posts) I could have believed it.
Does anyone know if they are working on
Just re... member that you're standing on a planet that's evolving...
What happened is I made available online a preprint of a paper that I had submitted to an Elsevier journal... this is explicitly allowed by the terms you agree to (the preprint is the draft version that you submit to the journal, before the reviewers suggest changes). Anyway, Elsevier's people submitted a DMCA request to Google, even though what I was doing was 100% allowed, and this caused Google to take down my whole homepage. Google restored my website about a week later, after I submitted a counter-notification or whatever they call it, but by that time I'd decided to move to self-hosting.
So yes, fuck Elsevier.