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Unless Republicans in Congress and the White House take action now to stem Silicon Valley’s growing censorship of conservatives, they can kiss future elections goodbye.
This was one of the messages shared by House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes during an appearance Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit.”
He made the remarks in response to, one, Google’s unprecedented attack on The Federalist, a mainstream conservative website founded by Meghan McCain’s husband, and two, the Justice Department’s just-announced proposal to scale back the protections enjoyed by social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Listen to his full discussion with FNC’s Elizabeth MacDonald.
“This is the story of the last three years,” his remarks began. “Ever since the 2016 election, the left and the Democrats learned that it’s not enough to just have 90 percent of the media on your side. You also have to run it through a funnel and that funnel is Facebook, Google and Twitter. They have to control that.”
“It started right after the 2016 election. They said, Oh, it’s fake news is the reason why Trump won.’ So there is not a more important issue than this issue. The American people are being censored. Conservatives are being censored. The information that’s flowing to the American people is being censored.”
Media propagandists love to deny it, despite so much evidence to the contrary — some of it from the left-wing media themselves — but this week’s shocking move by Google cemented it in unbreakable stone.
“Google threatened to ban the right-wing political news website the Federalist from generating advertising revenue on the company’s platform on Tuesday,” National Review reported Tuesday.
“Google threatened to implement the ban in response to posts in the Federalist’s comments section that allegedly violated Google’s policies regarding ‘Dangerous or Derogatory Content.'”
Yet as of roughly 10:00 am Thursday morning, disgusting, hateful, derogatory words could be seen not only in the comments sections of numerous left-wing websites, but also in the sites’ main content as well.
Case in point (*Language warning):
A Fu*k You to the White Liberals Who Cleared the Runway for Trump’s White Supremacist Suicide Mission https://t.co/aYBsax6Wot
— Sean Masterson (@SeanMastersons) April 3, 2020
Yet the demonstrably racist, hateful, anti-white web page linked to above from the far-left Daily Beast contains oodles of Google ads sprinkled throughout. It’s almost as if there’s a double standard.
Continuing the discussion on FBN, Nunes then dropped a truth bomb about winning future elections.
“The bottom line is it’s the most important issue that we have headed to this next election. I think it’s very difficult for Republicans to win if this censoring continues,” he said.
This too is undeniable.
Psychologist, professor and journalist Dr. Robert Epstein has repeatedly warned that tech giants like Google have the power and legal authority right now to drastically alter’s America’s elections because of a lack of social media regulation.
“It’s not hacking an election right now because Google and similar companies like Facebook are completely unregulated in the United States, so they can do whatever they please,” Epstein said last summer on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“And if they all work together in 2020 to support the same presidential candidate — which is very likely — they can shift upwards of 15 million votes with no one knowing they’ve been manipulated, and without leaving a paper trail for authorities to trace.”
[6/26/19] A well-respected psychologist, professor and journalist has warned that the multinational technology company Google has the power to drastically alter America’s elections.https://t.co/koIpqqOsnn pic.twitter.com/0xA1LqHZhm
— Lola Netty (@TXTrumpette89) November 13, 2019
A year later, Google is now targeting only conservative websites for their comments, never mind the hateful content that litters left-wing sites. Double standard much? Absolutely, according to Nunes.
“I promise you this: If I was to copy all of the supposed comments that were on The Federalist’s website and I just copied those and went over and put them on The Washington Post or CNN or The New York Times, do you think there’s any possibility that Google would have done the same thing?” he continued Wednesday on FBN.
Probably not, and therein lies the rub. In fact, Google doesn’t even hold the same standards vis-a-vis its video-sharing platform YouTube.
“If you go to Google-owned YouTube, or any place and read the comments section, often there’s a lot of viciousness in there that’s not moderated. It’s breaking their own code that protects Google,” The Federalist senior editor Chris Bedford correctly noted during his own appearance Wednesday on FBN.
Listen to that discussion below:
Nunes’ own appearance on FBN eventually concluded with him remarking on the DOJ’s interest in scraping the protections afforded to tech giants like Google.
He started by explaining why these protections even exist.
“These Internet companies were given these special privileges so that they’re not treated like you, Liz, like Fox Business,” he said. “They’re treated differently because this was to create the superhighway so that everybody could communicate and there could be an open square so that companies could be developed and they can use that internet access. That’s why these companies were given this exclusive capability under the law.”
He then explained why it may not be necessary to revoke these protections.
“It flies in the face of common sense that you can go out and edit what people are commenting on,” he said. “That’s the whole point that they have the law — they’re supposed to allow that. That’s why they have the protections.”
But since Google doesn’t want to play by the rules, maybe it’s time for IT to face some consequences.