Google announced Tuesday the tech giant removed over 100,000 videos, 500,000,000 comments and permanently suspended more than 17,000 channels from its subsidiary platform YouTube in its second quarter of 2019, in an attempt to rid the internet of “hate speech.”
“We’ve been removing harmful content since YouTube started, but our investment in this work has accelerated in recent years,” Google said of its subsidiary, YouTube. “Because of this ongoing work, over the last 18 months we’ve reduced views on videos that are later removed for violating our policies by 80%, and we’re continuously working to reduce this number further.”
The blog post then directs readers to a graphic detailing the measures Google has taken to censor “inappropriate” and “violative” content since November 17, 2016.
In June of 2017, Google said it “added machine learning, augmenting existing human flagging to extremist content”.
The tech company then “launched Intelligence Desk, a team that monitors the news, social media and user reports in order to detect new trends surrounding inappropriate content before they can become a larger issue,” in January 2018.
Dr. Robert Epstein, who has devoted the past six years to examining online censorship and algorithms, first called attention to Google’s announcement.
The American tradition of free speech on the internet is no longer viable as Silicon Valley now controls the majority of our online conversations, Epstein warned.
“#Google just announced that in Q2 of 2019, it removed 500 million comments, 100,000+ videos, & 17,000+ channels from #YouTube for #hatespeech. But who gave this private co.,” Epstein tweeted. “The right to define “hate speech” & to decide what the world CAN or can NOT see?,” Dr. Epstein
Epstein warned in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in July that he has collected empirical data showing “biased search results generated by Google’s search algorithm likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton.”
Big Tech, if left unregulated, could potentially shift as many as 15 million votes toward a particular candidate in the 2020 election, Epstein explained.
Google’s admittance of censorship comes after former employees of the company leaked evidence showing the tech giant’s commitment to interfering with the outcome of the 2020 elections and that one of their primary objectives includes plans set in place to “prevent” the next “Trump situation”.
Investigative watchdog Project Veritas has released footage, leaked documents and testimony it obtained from whistleblowers, irrefutably proving Google’s use of algorithms to suppress conservative content.
An undercover video released by Project Veritas in June features top Google employee, Jen Gennai, admit that the company plans to interfere in the next presidential election.
“Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that,” Gennai exclaims.
Ironically, Google began ramping up its removal of “harmful content” in November 2016, just days after Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
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