As the 2020 election season draws closer, big tech companies like Google, YouTube and Facebook have already begun their anti-Trump campaign in earnest, taking down a record number of Trump ads, reputed to be somewhere north of 300 and counting.
The blanket censorship first reported by 60 Minutes, actually began during the summer months as both Google and Youtube claimed that the Trump campaign was in violation of their companies’ “policies” that have yet to be spelled out. The report notes that the President’s videos were quickly removed by the tech giants within days of being aired, with little explanation as to the reason.
During an interview with 60 Minutes, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was asked to respond to conservative critics who say YouTube discriminates against content creators with a conservative viewpoint.
“Well, first of all,” Wojcicki began, “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.”
However, when asked to see those so-called algorithms, Google and YouTube politely declined.
To be clear, political ads have for countless decades traditionally been legally exempt from being factual; politicians can claim almost anything negative about their opponent with impunity. Try that willful deceptive scenario selling a product on TV short of salesmanship, and you’d be libel.
Moreover, this sudden trend to censor political ads on social media platforms, while allowing the mainstream media both within the press and on TV to continue promoting a false narrative, regarding the President, simply illustrates how desperate the left has become, in their attempt to stop Trump from using his most successful political tool, “social media.”
While the President is by far the most successful politician using social media to his advantage, there are other conservatives who are also influential in getting the word out.
YouTube was recently asked to explain how their algorithm snagged conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder and investigative journalist James O’Keefe, who had several videos removed over the years by the tech company, without any explanation.
In another blatant example of bias and censorship, YouTube once again without explanation banned pro-Second Amendment advocates from their platform.
While both Google and YouTube attempted to downplay their obvious discrimination policies towards conservative groups and individuals, a former Google employee blew the lid off Google’s claim by exposing the firm’s hypocrisy in a letter chronicling the “outrage mobs” and “witch hunts” formed by the company’s leftist employees who want Google to sever ties with right-leaning groups and individuals.
However, unlike the kangaroo court currently taking place on Capitol Hill, this Google whistleblower didn’t enjoy immunity against reprisals and was immediately fired.
Earlier this year, James O’Keefe, President and founder of Project Veritas exposed a Google executive who considers it her mission to “prevent” the next “Trump situation” from occurring.
In October of this year (2019), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared at Georgetown University giving an impassioned speech in defense of not censoring political speech on his platform.
Stating “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 told the crowd. “As a principle, in a democracy, I believe people should decide what is credible, not tech companies.”
However, this is the same Zuckerberg who several years ago purposely modified his platform targeting small conservative political websites, refusing to allow them on his platform, thus destroying hundreds of fledging conservative websites attempting to garner a following within a highly competitive market.
Zuckerberg, in my humble opinion, is the worst of all the high tech executives, for being blatantly disingenuous.