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YouTube Removes Video of Pinterest Insider Exposing Pro-Life Censorship: Report

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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.

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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.

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.

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“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.”

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.”

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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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Birthplace
South Carolina
Education
Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Culture, Faith, Politics




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