A day after Project Veritas revealed internal documents proving Pinterest monitored, censored and deactivated the account of the major pro-life organization “Live Action”, YouTube deleted the investigative watchdog’s video exposing the social media platform.
Project Veritas obtained internal documents from Pinterest from a whistleblower showing the tech giant blacklisted LiveAction.org as a porn site.
The watchdog publicly disclosed the documents Tuesday along with video testimony from the Pinterest insider identifying Pinterest employees who made the decision to add LiveAction.org to a “pornography block list,” and censor the pro-life group, along with numerous conservative media sites, and published the video on YouTube.
In an apparent coordinated effort to censor conservatives, YouTube, which is owned by the parent company Google, removed the investigative video expose and Pinterest fired the insider, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe announced Wednesday.
Citing privacy, YouTube justified removing the investigative report, claiming Project Veritas violated its privacy policies by revealing the identities of the Pinterest employees who made the decision to categorize LiveAction.org as pornographic and called conservative commentator Ben Shapiro a “white supremacist” in a slack message.
“They cited a privacy complaint. Which we categorically deny,” O’Keefe tweeted. “If using people’s names and faces in an investigative report warrants a ‘privacy complaint,’ we fear the future of journalism in this country. @YouTube needs to look up journalism in the dictionary.”
O’Keefe called attention to the way conservative media outlets are treated by big tech verses left-wing media.
“The established media and technology are so afraid of investigative journalism they need to censor it,” he wrote. “YouTube calls REPORTING on someone by showing their face and name, and how they added a pro-life group to a porn blacklist, a ‘privacy complaint.’ Would they do this to NYT?”
The identity of whistleblower who lost his job has now been identified as Eric Cochran, a software engineer who spoke at tech conferences worldwide on behalf of Pinterest.
Terrisa Bukovinac, founder and executive director of Pro-Life San Francisco, launched a GoFundMe campaign for Cochran which has raised $8,676 of the $50,000 goal at the time of this publication.
Project Veritas’s Twitter account was also temporarily suspended Wednesday after the group published the internal documents from Pinterest, blocking the watchdog from tweeting, retweeting and using other features for posting some of the documents. A Twitter employee with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller News Foundation the account violated policies preventing users from publishing “other people’s private information.”
Twiter also removed a Veritas tweet that contained a reference to the Pinterest employee calling conservative pundit Ben Shapiro a “white supremacist.”
Pinterest maintains that labeling Live Action content as porn was an accident, but banned Live Action from its platform Tuesday, claiming the organization published misleading medical and vaccination information, though the medical information on the site is written and reviewed by doctors.
“LiveAction.org was actioned for misinformation related to conspiracies and anti-vaccination advice, and not porn,” Pinterest said in a statement. “Sometimes our internal tools have legacy names for the technology that enforces some of our policies. This technology was named years ago to combat porn, and has since expanded to a variety of content despite retaining its original internal name. We are updating our internal labeling to make this clear.”
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