YouTube Removes Video of Pinterest Insider Exposing Pro-Life Censorship: Report
The latest update in the saga of Pinterest’s censorship of pro-life content may be the most disturbing.
A little background may be helpful.
An employee insider from Pinterest recently came forward and revealed how the social media company was actively banning pro-life site, LiveAction.org, by placing the site on porn block lists. This action made it so users could not create “pins” if the source link was on the LiveAction.org domain.
The insider spoke with James O’Keefe of Project Veritas in an expose video that revealed the techniques, documentation, conversations, block terms and technology behind Pinterest’s actions. I watched the video. It was compelling and thorough.
Pinterest responded by removing Live Action from the block list.
But then, Pinterest almost immediately reversed course and permanently suspended Live Action’s account.
Then a Pinterest spokesman responded with a statement that didn’t explain anything and wasn’t helpful in the least.
But the most recent chapter involves another player — one that is no stranger to bias.
YouTube, the Google-owned captain of censorship, sketchy demonetization and deplatforming, was apparently upset that it had gone four hours without taking action against a conservative cause or personality.
According to a report from Project Veritas, YouTube actually removed the investigative video. As in, YouTube eliminated it completely. Gone. Not just suppressed or demonetized, the smoking gun video has vanished.
Tech giants retaliating against insider who leaked docs showing censorship of christian and pro-life material. They have REMOVED our investigative insider report. @YouTube now fighting bullet-proof journalism by deleting it. Video still on our website: https://t.co/e45KJp6BsO pic.twitter.com/mwldXVwjVV
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 12, 2019
I have reached out to YouTube for comment regarding the removal of the video and have yet to get a response.
The insider, now revealed as now-former Pinterest employee Eric Cochran, exposed much more than pro-life bias at the 300 million-user Pinterest.
“In addition to removing content it wants to censor, Pinterest also ‘hides’ materials from users on their home screens and search results,” Cochran told Project Veritas.
“There is also ‘silent removing,’ which means the content is removed but there is no notice to the account who posted the material that it was removed.”
We need more insiders to come forward and expose #BigTech. I hope my story inspires and encourages. While I lost my @Pinterest job, I am more determined than ever to abolish abortion and promote transparency.
If you’d like to help, I have a GoFundMe.https://t.co/CHViwuyzWO
— Eric Cochran (@Eric_Cochran) June 13, 2019
Cochran believes it is important for people to know the truth about the sites they are using.
“I think when public policies don’t match with how social media companies are actually implementing them, people have a right to know, people have a right to that transparency,” Cochran said.
“And the thing is, one person can make all the difference… One person can bring transparency to big tech.”
Pinterest insider on @TuckerCarlson: “And pro-lifers who exist within Big Tech companies — there’s a lot of us. They need to come to Project Veritas and they need to expose what’s going on.”
The tips are coming in…
More insiders can tell their stories: https://t.co/w0RFN7Zha5 pic.twitter.com/BB2D7C51Ap
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) June 13, 2019
And he is absolutely right.
Until more insiders like Cochran come forward, darkness and lack of transparency will shield big tech from rigorous scrutiny.
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