In a report for the CBS web show 60 Minutes Overtime, it was revealed that Google and Youtube deleted and banned more than 300 Trump ads and canceled the accounts of hundreds of conservatives this year.
Google and Youtube went on a rampage over the last half of the year to prepare the way for Democrats to become more dominant on their platforms by eliminating millions of conservative voices ahead of the 2020 campaign season.
During the 60 Minutes interview, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki responded to critics who say Youtube discriminates against content creators with a conservative viewpoint:
“Well, first of all,” Wojcicki exclaimed, “there are lots of very successful conservative creators on Youtube… Our systems, our algorithms, they don’t have any concept of understanding what’s a Democrat, what’s a Republican. They don’t have any concept of political bias built into them in any way. And we do hear this criticism from all sides. We also have people who come from more liberal backgrounds who complain about discrimination. And so I think that no matter who you are, we are trying to enforce our policies in a consistent way for everybody.”
Naturally, Youtube refuses to make that algorithm public so that experts can confirm whether or not Wojcicki is telling the truth.
All we know for sure is that several big-name conservatives were demonitized and had content deleted with no notice nor any satisfactory explanation other than “you violated our rules.”
Deleted were such high-profile conservatives as comedian Steven Crowder and content by Project Veritas and James O’Keefe. But also, hundreds of longstanding conservative pages that had hundreds of thousands of followers and a large base of commenters, especially groups about firearms.
This comes at the same time that Twitter decided to ban all political advertisements, a decision that was announced in October.
“A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet,” Twitter chief Jack Dorsey wrote. “Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money.”
The only big social media company to refuse to eliminate political ads was Facebook.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended his company’s decision not to censor political speech on its platform. “I know many people disagree, but, in general, I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy,” Zuckerberg said. “As a principle, in a democracy, I believe people should decide what is credible, not tech companies.”
However, Zuckerberg is speaking out of both sides of his mouth because starting early this year the platform began changing its system to destroy thousands of conservative political groups and accounts. Literally thousands of long-standing Facebook accounts were shuttered due to the moves. And just last month Facebook overtly deleted any political post that named the so-called Ukraine whistleblower. Facebook claimed that outing the whistleblower’s name violates the law when in fact it does not.
Facebook has repeatedly hampered free speech on its platform.
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