Skip to comments.These Screenshots Show How Google Shadow Bans Conservative and Pro-Trump Content
Posted on 08/18/2018 12:18:40 PM PDT by lasereye
Now that others are venturing timidly from their foxholes, I can take to print without becoming the sole target of a vengeful, monopolistic technocracy. It appears that Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have all gone to war with President Trump, and are punishing anyone who dares to speak up for him.
Dont take my word for it. See for yourself. It may cost you $5 and you may find your Google Ads account temporarily suspended, but you will enjoy the innocent conversations with kindly Google employees in Mumbai as they try to explain policies unrelated to what is really going on. Heres what happened to me.
Almost a year ago, an employee noticed a YouTube video at the top of a Doug Wead search and wondered how it got there. It wasnt related to the date, the view count, or anything else that they could determine. But since it was there, at Googles omniscient discretion, we decided to do something we had never done before: buy an ad to promote it. Thats when our troubles began.
Within days, Google blocked my ad and informed my team that we had violated their policies. I called Google. The problem, they explained, was that the video had hate speech.
It was a Fox Business News video with Trish Regan interviewing me about the Russian collusion investigation. The Google employee could not find the exact offending words, but referred me to various other supervisors up the ladder.
It took much of the day listening to elevator music as I waited, playing Civilization V interspersed by brief conversations with successive employees reciting Google policies that they admitted explained nothing. We concluded I should re-submit the ad and whoever was offended at Google would be forced to surface.
Once again my ad was blocked, and this time my Google account was suspended. I felt like Roseanne Barr. Once again I called Google and spent a day trying to figure out what was wrong. This call may be monitored, they announced, and I announced back that I would do the same. So the discussion began. Was I too nice to President Trump? Should I have been more critical? Was it something Regan had said? She seems to fairly cover all sides of an issue. Why would they have a problem with her?
Google employees appeared to be baffled. Could they call me back tomorrow, they asked? The next day, Nurse Ratched at Google finally emerged. I was never given her name, but conversations with her employees indicated her sex. It was nothing that I or Regan had said in the video, her team explained. Huh?
No, no, the problem, I was told, was in the crawler of words along the bottom of the video. It was a quote of Trump declaring that the Robert Mueller investigation was a witch hunt. This was apparently hate speech.
Hmmm. Youre saying to me that words from the duly elected president of the United States cannot be shown on YouTubewords that have already been printed in The New York Times? I did my best to play along with the wisdom of this Silicon Valley logic, imparted to me by kind Google employees from India. What time is it over there?
Well, the Google representative suggested, maybe I could bracket the video with a message saying these words do not represent the views of my channel or of most people in the country. I reassured the representative that I had interviewed Democratic president Jimmy Carter several times and had served on a committee with Lady Bird Johnson and Coretta Scott King. I founded Save the Refugees in 1979. I had been interviewed by Dan Rather during the Gulf War and Katie Couric at the inauguration of Barack Obama. If I wasnt an employee of George Soros, I was certainly not yet a candidate for the Google Gulag.
We agreed I would not try to promote this Trump-contaminated video again, and they would restore my account. That was one year ago, June 2017. All this time I have kept my promise, but it has apparently gotten me nothing.
In January, 2018 my channel was hit by shadow-banning. Sometime that month, Google allegedly hired thousands of outside actors supplied by the infamous Southern Poverty Law Center. This was the organization that attacked Ben Carson, the only African American in Donald Trumps cabinet. They were apparently the new arbiters of decency.
My videos got hammered. But only my pro-Trump material. My interviews defending the Obama children or talking up Chelsea Clintons wedding went untouched.
A viral YouTube interview with me and Fox Anchor Neil Cavuto about why Hillary Clinton lost the election was penalized. The video had more than 861,000 views and was earning an average of 15,000 views a day when it suddenly went dark. On February 17, after the new censorship took hold, this video dropped to 50 views a day. That is where it has stayed ever since.
Likewise, a viral YouTube interview with me and Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade about the election, a video that had 961,000 views and was clicking off 20,000 views a day, suddenly dropped to 30. It all happened in one day. And it has stayed there ever since.
This made me curious. Was Google controlling the image and opinions of other, more powerful, higher-profile figures? Or was it just us little guys? I checked out Cavuto on YouTube and found a long list of anti-Trump titles on his search engine results pages: Cavuto says Trump should stop blaming predecessors. Cavuto responds to backlash to his Trump criticism. Cavuto: Is Trump giving the media very real ammunition? Thats your stink Mr. President.
Keep in mind, Cavuto is an endangered species. He is one of the last fair and balanced journalists on television. He giveth and he taketh away. But you will have to scroll deep into YouTube to find anything positive about Trump from Cavuto. Google hides those videos.
You can go 300 videos deep and still not find the interview with me that has the second-most views of any Cavuto video (see above). You will pass videos with 22 views and many that are nine years old. I have been censored out of the Cavuto stream.
So how does Google determine which videos come to the top of a search of Cavuto, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, or anybody else? Why did Google put my interview with Regan at the top of a Doug Wead search? It has nothing to do with the date, or count, or relevancy. And why would they punish me for trying to advertise a video that they promoted?
It took me months to figure this out. Heres what they did. They created their own separate Doug Wead channel. It was buried deep and I only accidently found it. It is called Doug Wead topic.
Now, this channel is separate from my own Doug Wead channel, that I created, which has 4,950 subscribers. Their channel had zero subscribers. Thats right. Not one single subscriber. When I challenged Google about this, they claimed it was auto-generated.
But here is the salient point: the videos that this auto generated channel chose, for whatever reason, are exactly the videos that populate a Doug Wead search. This is how they decide what people find when they come looking for me. Is this how they decide what people find when they search Neil Cavuto, Tucker Carlson, Brian Kilmeade, or Sean Hannity?
I couldnt find a Google channel for any of them, but remember, I tracked 300 down the list of Cavuto videos and couldnt even find my own, which had 861,000 views. Even if I type in the exact, complicated title of this particular YouTube video, they offer me something else. If there are Google-created Cavuto, Kilmeade, Carlson, or Hannity channels, they are surely buried deep. And they are not chosen based on popularity, relevancy, or date of publishing.
Now, everything I just shared with you is either true or it isnt. You can easily check it out yourself. Try to advertise a pro-Trump sentiment and see if Nurse Ratched appears. But be prepared to be hurt financially. A recent report claims that a Chicago pastor saw his podcast drop from the top 25 in iTunes to less than 200 only 24 hours after posting a Facebook message to pray for Donald Trump.
One of the sources I interviewed for this article found his business shadow-banned on Facebook after he expressed pro-Trump sentiments. He went through three businesses and thousands of dollars before finally realizing what was happening. He has since changed his online identity, IP address, and bank accounts, and after months of scrubbing he is up and running again. But of course, this time he will keep his mouth shut.
Is this the end of free speech? Or will Americans have the courage to break up an abusive monopoly? Will there be some neutral replacement for YouTube? An Internet version of Fox News, where both sides of an issue can be discussed? None of that will happen anytime soon, and probably not in time for the next presidential election.
We have entered the twilight of the American version of the Soviet Union. You can think what you want, but dont you dare say it out loud, even to your children. Someone may hear it and quote you online.
Google Screens What Your Computer Can See Dont expect to get any objective help on this issue from the Internet. While writing this article, I got numerous calls to come in and do television. CNN was doing a documentary on the Bush presidency. Then I got a call to do another show with Regan at Fox Business. As a student of history and author of history books, they wanted my reaction to Trumps latest tweet about media bias.
To prepare for the segment, I quickly googled media bias. What came up was a long list of articles telling me that there was no such thing as media bias. A Google-promoted chart ranked CNN somewhere in the middle, between liberal and conservative.
Particularly amusing was the title of one article. It said, How biased is your news source? You probably wont agree with this chart. Now how would they know that unless they were listing something that was not organically popular? And if it was not popular, why was it at the top of their search engine?
Heres how. Last month Facebook determined that my public page, with 184,000 followers, is a political page. None of my colleagues or other historians are so penalized. I suppose its because I post my Fox television appearances. My appearances on CNN should be okay, however. And my appearances on CBS? Well, the chart that Google promotes says CBS tacks slightly to the right but it is close enough to the middle to probably be safe.
Meanwhile, new membership on my Facebook page has stopped dead. My best YouTube videos cannot be found. All of that represents no loss of money for me. I had never tried to monetize them in the first place, having watched YouTubes bitter and relentless attacks on Mark Dice.
Even as I research and write this article Ive been told that Google has now agreed to work with communist censors in China. As long as the Chinese stay on the far left, they should get along fine.
So yes, Ive come out of my foxhole. Theres nothing left to fear. Theyve taken it all away. I expect to be relocated somewhere online in a Google Ghetto, hidden from view. Hopefully, death online is as far as the technocracy will take this, at least for my generation. Its the kids one has to worry about.
Doug Wead is a New York Times-bestselling author and an adviser to two American presidents. He was special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.
A massive class-action suite would do them some good.
Make them bake the cake.
Since business is lost, maybe they could be sued for defamation.
Yeah if the roles were reversed and Google was conservative there would already be a few dozen lawsuits. You’d have to pick the right judge though. A leftist judge would throw it out.
If business is lost, it seems you could sue damages for the lost business.
Time for some Conservatives to start some Conservative friendly versions of these entities.
The other thing that many so called news sites are doing is eliminating the comments section. They want deny any platform whatsoever to people that disagree with them or even discuss the topic being presented.
Conservatives need to be lining up competitive services. Ideas?
"We'll just build our own internet, wires and everything, from scratch!"
The other thing that many so called news sites are doing is eliminating the comments section.
There is an inverse correlation between a comments section being provided and the leftist tilt of a news site.
How about a conservative freeze on ALL platforms for one week? Something like that, to get their attention? “Ooooh, stocks are falling.” Might be a good wakeup call.
Sorry - a BOYCOTT.
Couldn't someone start a Facebook and Twitter type websites that are friendly to Conservatives?
It’s good this has all been put out there for people to see visually what Google is doing.
The founder of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, was fired as their CEO after it became known that he donated to a pro-Prop. 8 group. That was the California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage. Mozilla makes the Firefox browser. He has since started another company. I don’t know what it does but I don’t think it’s social media.
I've been asking that ever since evidence started popping up about how these sites are actively anti-conservative. Anyone who succeeds in creating a conservative alternative will become wealthy.
we cannot even fund this site in a timely fashion.
He just created another browser called Brave. I use it - and dropped Firefox after they dumped their CEO because he supported Prop 8.
There certainly is a lot of censorship being pushed by the Leftists.
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