Wednesday, August 12, 2020

YouTube’s Anti-Trump Purge Hasn’t Merely Begun. It’s Raging.

A report by CBS’s “60 Minutes” last night detailed how YouTube scrubbed hundreds of President Trump’s reelection ads over the summer without citing what policies his campaign allegedly violated.

The Daily Caller’s Chris White has more:

Google removed more than 300 of Trump’s video ads for supposedly violating the company’s policies, according to an analysis CBS News conducted of YouTube’s transparency report. There’s one problem. The report doesn’t explain what policies the campaign violated, CBS noted.

“There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told CBS’s Lesley Stahl in response to a question about how the Google-owned company handles Trump’s advertisements. Wojcicki said the ads are available on the company’s transparency report.

Google and YouTube, like Facebook and other social media platforms, provide a searchable archive of political ads — the archive was created after Russian trolls reportedly used ads to meddle in the 2016 election.

“The archive doesn’t detail what rules they violated, and there’s no transparency in the transparency report,” Stahl said “The ads typically did run for a few days before they were taken down and Google got paid for them.” The archive also did not mention how much Google got paid for the ads before they were removed.

Wojcicki brushed off accusations the Silicon Valley company treats conservatives unfairly, telling Stahl, “There are lots of very successful conservative creators on YouTube. … Our systems, our algorithms, they don’t have any concept of understanding what’s a Democrat, what’s a Republican.”

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