On the internet?
Google has sparked outrage and accusations of censorship after banning right-wing website ZeroHedge and cautioning The Federalist from its ad platform.
What exactly Google complained to The Federalist over remains murky and it’s unclear if they ever threatened to ban it from the ad platform.
The row began with an NBC report which suggested Google acted after receiving a report from a British think tank that flagged that The Federalist had used a ‘black crime’ tag to categorize content.
It also flagged a story in which a journalist claimed the media was ‘lying’ by reporting that white supremacists were involved in looting. It specifically singled out CNN and the New York Times.
ZeroHedge was flagged by the think tank for claiming the BLM protests sweeping the nation were being funded by Democrat mega-donor George Soros.
A Google spokeswoman was quoted by NBC as saying it had ‘removed both sites’ ability to monetize’.
However later, Google said it had never demonetized The Federalist – which is run by Meghan McCain’s husband – and that it got in touch to address something in the website’s comments section that violated standards.
This is Google’s statement about The Federalist:
These are almost parody terms.
They really want total control over what it is being said on the internet. Truly sick.
A spokesman would not give any more details of what the offensive comment was when contacted by DailyMail.com and they refused to say when or why ZeroHedge was demonetized.
Their decision to demonetize ZeroHedge is likely to annihilate whatever revenue it made and is the most dramatic step Google has taken in stripping sites of their ability to make money through ads.
The company has in the past been accused of promoting left-wing sites over right-wing counterparts but insists its algorithms are impartial.
The report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate that was given to NBC cited ten websites including Brietbart and The Gateway Pundit, two other well-known conservative websites.
The ten websites flagged were American Greatness, Moonbattery, American Thinker, Big League Politics, Zero Hedge, WND, The Washington Standard, Gateway Pundit, Breitbart and The Federalist. Google refused to say whether any of the other sites had been demonetized.
The think-tank piece flagged two articles by ZeroHedge.
One was said the movement was a ‘George Soros astroturf campaign for leftists and their agenda to reshape the fabric of American society.’
The other said it was ‘practically a revolutionary operative of the CIA via Soros’.
The Federalist’s violations, according to the think tank, were the ‘black crime’ tag, under which stories appeared, and an article alleging the media had lied.
Remember when they said Daily Stormer was a special case, because Anglin made a joke about a fat woman who died?
Do you remember that? How they said this was something unique, a kind of political censorship that everyone could rally behind?
It sure would have been a lot better for everyone if people would have stood up when we were silenced and said, “okay, I obviously don’t agree with whatever this guy is saying and I don’t even really know what he’s saying, but people have a right to say what they want to say on the internet.”
Instead, they were afraid to speak out, because they are cowards.
No we have this cartoonish “and first they came for…” thing, and everyone is going to end up totally banned from everything, and the mainstream internet is going to be basically useless.