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Google CEO Confirms You Don't Even Need To Violate Policies To Be Censored

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It has become increasingly apparent that the major Silicon Valley tech companies hold a liberal bias against conservatives, and despite those firms routine denial, the mask of unbiased nonpartisanship has continued to slip as these firms receive pushback for their one-sided ideological activities.

The latest tech firm to let the mask slip is Google. Its CEO recently admitted in an interview with Axios that content creators on YouTube — which is owned and operated by Google — can be censored by the platform even if they haven’t actually violated any of YouTube’s policies or terms of service.

The interview with Google CEO Sundar Pichai took place prior to the most recent YouTube scandal, but remarks from Pichai about the need to address and censor “borderline content” on the platform has now been viewed as a precursor to actions YouTube took days after the interview.

The latest scandal involved conservative comedian Steven Crowder, who had been targeted by Carlos Maza, a leftist activist and writer for Vox.

Maza accused Crowder of using homophobic and racist insults against him.

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An initial review of Crowder’s content by YouTube found that no violations of policy occurred. However, following an outcry from the left, YouTube proceeded to censor and demonetize Crowder’s channel, as his content was deemed to display “a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community.”

Pichai’s said that YouTube and Google were working hard to remove “harmful content” from its platforms, though he admitted it was a work in progress that still needed adjustments, during the “Axios on HBO” interview.



He noted that much like how Google ranks search results based on content quality, “(W)e are bringing that same notion and approach to YouTube so that we can rank higher quality stuff better and really prevent borderline content.”

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Pichai proceeded to define borderline content as, “Content which doesn’t exactly violate policies, which needs to be removed, but which can still cause harm.”

The CEO suggested the efforts to prevent such content from appearing on the platforms was not just a “hard computer science problem,” but also a “hard societal problem because we need better frameworks around what is hate speech, what’s not, and how do we as a company make those decisions at scale, and get it right without making mistakes.”

Content creators can find themselves in trouble merely by posting “borderline content” that doesn’t violate anything but is deemed by the powers at Google to be “harmful” in some way, shape or form to the broader social community at large.

We already know how that arbitrary measure will work, as the liberal morality police at Google and YouTube have revealed their ideological bias in favor of liberals and against conservatives.

In other words, people who post conservative content on YouTube could find that they’ve been deemed “harmful” to the liberal social media utopia the Google overlords are attempting to create, while “borderline” or blatantly harmful content that unquestionably violates policies and terms of service will continue to be overlooked and ignored.

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If Google established clear guidelines policing allowable content and speech on the platform and maintain a hands-off approach to those who didn’t violate specific policies, there likely wouldn’t be any problems, regardless of the inherent bias of those who run Google and YouTube.

However, the arbitrary crackdown on content and speech the left finds disagreeable has only become worse and will likely cause additional problems going forward, and that is simply unacceptable to roughly half of the country.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
Birthplace
Louisiana
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American
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The School of Life
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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