Google threatens to boot US publication after censoring critics of China Communist Party

gag on free expression

Google again took action to disenfranchise a US publication if news reports are correct. The search/ad/YouTube etc. behemoth, having received a report about the Web site The Federalist, threatened sanctions—loss of revenue from advertising—if offensive comments weren’t removed.

That’s right. If the comments weren’t acceptable to Goo, whack ‘em.

News snip from The Federalist on NBC report
Image: Snip from after NBC gave false reports.

This comes on the heels of a much ignored story about Goo. This US titan of the Web, the company that can make or break you if you’re a publisher [I speak from experience], ran interference for the Communist Party of China by censoring critical comments on YouTube. Whatever you do, don’t upset the communists who run China’s government.

Google called its protection of the CPC an “error”:

YouTube has admitted that it automatically deleted comments that criticized China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP).

The video platform — owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet — said the automatic removal of certain comments was down to “an error” with its automated enforcement systems. The issue was first confirmed to The Verge.

That isn’t the first time Goo ran interference for one of the most repressive regimes on Planet Earth. As the linked story above explains, Goo was even going to accommodate the CPC by censoring search results.

I’m not sure why anyone would click on a Google Affiliate ad, carry such on their website, or give this company a single glance. No one has the right to stomp out your speech. You are born with that right. I may not like what you say, but you have the right to say it.

That a company as powerful as Goo has this kind of control over US speech is horrifying. Making it even worse, a leftist extremist think tank in the United Kingdom assisted US TV network NBC in making allegations.

We’re in an election year. The Federalist doesn’t support leftwing extremism.

So why are a major search engine/Internet controller and a US ‘news’ network hooking up with a British group to influence our election? I thought that was illegal.

(Kay B. Day/June 17, 2020)

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