(Liberty Bell) – Over 300 of President Donald Trump’s political advertisements have been taken down by the notoriously anti-Trump Google as well as its video platform, YouTube.
This comes from an explosive new report from 60 Minutes. The widespread ad removal took place mostly over the summer, according to the news program.
The CBS reporters were unable to find any specific reasons for the removal of so many advertisements, something that has become commonplace for big tech companies who seem to consistently censor conservative content yet throw their hands up when asked for an explanation.
When high-profile conservatives are censored by these networks for benign statements labeled as “hate speech” or “violence,” it is often brushed off as an “accident.”
The CBS reporters were unable to find specific reasons for the mass takedowns of Trump ads, a common problem with social media companies, which are often reluctant to explain precisely why a ban or other act of censorship has happened.
“We found very little transparency in the transparency report,” concluded 60 Minutes.
The reporters dug into the removal of anti-Trump ads after Susan Wojciki, YouTube’s CEO, noted the company’s decision to ban some of POTUS’ re-election ads in an interview.
CBS reporters investigated the removal of pro-Trump ads after YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki highlighted the company’s decision to ban some of the President’s ads during an interview.
From CBS News:
60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Wojcicki, “Have you taken down any of President Trump’s ads at all?” YouTube’s CEO responded, “There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube.” When pressed for an example, Wojcicki added, “Well, they’re available in our transparency report.”
In response to concerns raised after the 2016 election cycle, Google and YouTube, like Facebook, keep a searchable archive of political ads that have run on the site.
60 Minutes reviewed the archive to learn more about President Trump’s problematic political ads. We found that over 300 video ads were taken down by Google and YouTube, mostly over the summer, for violating company policy. But the archive doesn’t detail what policy was violated. Was it copyright violation? A lie or extreme inaccuracy? Faulty grammar? Bad punctuation? It’s unclear. The ads determined to be offending are not available to be screened. We found very little transparency in the transparency report.
Is this shocking?
Is this surprising? No way. Google employees have been seen crying on camera after Hillary Clinton lost. It’s well-known they, like Facebook, are determined to make sure that Trump cannot use their platforms to reach the American people with his message.
This probably just scratches the surface of how far they’re willing to go to rig 2020.