Google has been under fire for anti-conservative bias for years at this point, and no matter how many times they get hauled in front of Congress, they do not appear to be in any rush to do anything about it. The trouble came back into the headlines this week when the Job Creators Network (JCN) slammed Google-subsidiary YouTube for censoring one of their videos and blocking it with an “inappropriate content” warning label. In the video, JCN showed scenes of violent unrest in several cities before asking: “Is your city next?”
While the video is still viewable, the content warning compels viewers to log into their accounts and click a button saying they understand that they are about to watch “inappropriate” footage before proceeding to the video. This inevitably reduces the potential of the video’s popularity by itself, and matters are only worsened because it hinders the degree to which the video can be promoted on YouTube.
“YouTube’s decision to slap an inappropriate content restriction on our video depicting news footage of rioting shows Google’s left-wing bias,” JCN president Alfredo Ortiz said Tuesday. “It amounts to censorship of opposing political opinions. YouTube does not treat left-wing videos that depict violent protests with similar warnings that depress view count and reach.
“YouTube and other social media platforms are this century’s ‘town square,’ and they should not censor based on political viewpoints,” he continued. “They should uphold the values of free speech that are the basis of their revenue model and popularity. Social media’s widespread censorship of conservative views demonstrates society’s slide away from the values of free speech. President Trump should nominate a strong defender of the First Amendment to the Supreme Court to help reestablish this fundamental right of all Americans.”
JCN’s troubles aren’t the only sign of Google’s continued bias.
In a post for RealClearPolitics, Maxim Lott of Stossel TV pointed out new analyzed data from SEO firm Sistrix. The company found that websites like The Daily Caller and Breitbart “have seen their Google search listings dramatically reduced” over the last three years by Google.
“The tracker shows that Google search visibility for Breitbart first plunged in 2017, before falling to approximately zero in July 2019,” Lott wrote.
He expounded in an interview with Just The News: “People have long worried that Google would censor conservative news results, or any results they don’t like. There hasn’t been much evidence until now, where basically you can look at a graph of how well websites are doing on Google search results, how highly they’re ranked, and conservative websites like the Daily Caller, Breitbart, they’ve just been zeroed out. Google’s basically not going to show them to you. It’s more sites too, like the Spectator US. And their reach has gone to basically zero. And there’s almost no other explanation than that they’ve been deemed unreliable by people at Google.”
Control what you see, and they can control what you think.