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Social media tech giants are mostly run by leftists who use their platforms for political activism in favor of Democrats and against Republicans. There, I said it.
Conservatives have been complaining for quite some time now that their voices are being shut down by social media sites, and most of the time they’re not even given a reason outside of “you violated” their corporate policies.
Well, which corporate policies? It would be nice to know so that we don’t violate them again, but as you will see, it’s not about that, but something more sinister.
60 Minutes discovered that more than 300 Trump ads were taken down by Google and YouTube for violating the companies’ policies.
The report noted the campaign videos generally ran over this past summer and were taken down by the tech giant companies after only a few days.
During an interview with 60 Minutes, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was asked about conservatives who complain that YouTube discriminates against conservative content creators, and she responded:
“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.”
If you believe any of that then I have some wonderful miracle supplements I’d love to sell you.
You think there’s a conservative’s chance on YouTube we’d be able to see the algorithms Wojcicki mentioned? I’m a programmer in another life, and I can read what they do. I won’t hold my breath, and neither should you.
When the question of why YouTube demonetized conservative comedian and commentator Steven Crowder recently, the company stumbled their words.
James O’Keefe, who runs Project Veritas, an undercover journalism organization, has had several of his videos removed from the YouTube platform over the years.
In 2018, YouTube banned pro-gun groups from their platform.
We don’t hear about these types of bans and demonetizing going on with liberal content creators.
Google fired a whistleblower who wrote a letter exposing how leftist employees formed groups to voice their belief that Google should outright ban right-leaning groups and individuals.
When a Google employee wrote a letter exposing 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, Google fired the whistleblower. I thought leftists loved whistleblowers.
Earlier this year, Project Veritas exposed a Google executive who considers it her mission to “prevent” the next “Trump situation” from occurring.
Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats are feuding with another tech giant, Facebook, over its decision not to censor political ads. Warren wants to rig social media against Trump and other conservative voices.
In a speech at Georgetown University in October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a strong defense of 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 told the crowd. “As a principle, in a democracy, I believe people should decide what is credible, not tech companies.”
That’s a load of bunk. As I write this I am awaiting a countdown of my own Facebook ban for having “used Facebook in a way that our systems consider unusual, even if you didn’t mean to.”
By unusual they mean I posted a link to a story in Facebook groups I am a member. Those groups all happen to be pro Donald Trump.
And believe me, clicking the This Is A Mistake button takes you to a page where you can write why you think it’s a mistake and point out that you broke none of their rules, is promptly ignore. Of all the times this has happened to me I have never once received a reply or an apology. It’s just a way of wearing you down so that you leave their platform.
Twitter announced it would not run any political ads.
“A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet,” Dorsey tweeted. “Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people.”
To highly optimize and target political messages falls right under freedom of speech, but Twitter is in the tank for Democrats, so he’s killing political ads, because Republicans this election cycle have so much damning material to run against their opponents that has been provided by the clueless Democrats.
In truth, Republicans can run ads on how great Trump has been as president, while pointing out that the Democrats have been obsessed with doing nothing but trying to get rid of Trump. Democrats have no message for 2020 other than the lies they spout every day about Trump doing something wrong. Twitter has taken that advantage away from Republicans, and they’re doing it in the guise of trying to be fair.
Like my Facebook ban, YouTube didn’t give an actual reason why over 300 Trump ads were removed. They never cite the policy they claim was violated and they rarely, if ever, respond to appeals.
This type of behavior by the social media tech giants of blocking conservative viewpoints they disagree with only lends credence to the argument that they are no longer acting like a platform. By discriminating against content that appears on their sites they are acting no different from a publisher.