Leaked emails reveal a cabal of tech industry insiders, lead by Google’s director of monetization, sought to destroy Breitbart News after the election of Donald J. Trump.
Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari reports:
The group sought to strike at Breitbart News’ revenue by kicking the site off Google’s market-dominating ad services. Although their efforts ultimately failed, the discussion featured senior Google employees speaking frankly about their reasons for targeting the site. These included unfounded allegations of “hate speech” and “fake news.”
In the leaked emails, Google employee Richard Zippel advised a fellow employee that Google would act against Breitbart News “at the site level” if sufficient examples of “hate” were found. This kicked off a concerted effort to find evidence of “hate speech” on Breitbart.
Another employee, David Richter, then forwarded Zippel’s email to his colleagues, urging them to scour Breitbart for examples. Of course, according to the far-left definitions used by Silicon Valley, even the term “illegal alien” can be categorized as hate speech. According to LinkedIn, Richter is now a technical lead at Google Cloud Storage, where he oversees privacy and security.
In the email thread that followed, Google’s Director of monetization, Jim Gray, confirmed that his team had been monitoring Breitbart News on a weekly basis “since the origin[al] fake news kick-off discussion.”
The correspondence confirms Silicon Valley launched a concerted effort to censor conservative media following the 2016 election.
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