Google Threatens Conservative Site: Remove Offensive Content Or Lose Ad Revenue

Image Credit: Robert Scoble
Image Credit: Robert Scoble

There have been many reports of Orwellian censorship of conservative viewpoints by U.S. tech giants circulating around the interwebs of late. What’s particularly chilling about this trend is the complacency or even support shown towards these episodes of censorship by some on the right, who scream “muh private company can revoke any free speech rights they want” at anyone troubled by these events.

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This latest report comes across our desk via The Liberty Conservative, which reports having received a chilling ultimatum from Google:

“Yesterday morning, we received a very bizarre letter from Google issuing us an ultimatum. Either we were to remove a particular article or see all of our ad revenues choked off in an instant. This is the newest method that Big Brother is using to enforce thought control. Former Liberty Conservative contributor James Allsup was involved in the Charlottesville, VA ‘Unite the Right’ rally-turned-riot that served as the catalyst for this drive for Orwellian censorship. Although the article itself contained no offensive content (it was merely distinguishing the many differences between the alt-right and literal Nazis), just the fact that it was authored by a man deemed to be an ‘unperson’ by the corporate elite was enough for Google to target it for censorship. The entirety of Google’s letter addressed to us is as follows. Notice how the descriptors for what violates the terms of service are deliberately vague and open for interpretation, giving Google an excuse to target any website or individual they so choose for any reason:”

If true, this is a truly disturbing precedent for alternative media outlets, particularly smaller ones with less resources to fight back against corporate behemoths.

Liberty Conservative reports having to comply with Google’s demands or else deal with financial ramifications:

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“Due to financial constraints, we had to comply with Google’s strong-arming tactics for the time being. An independent publisher such as The Liberty Conservative needs revenue from the Google ad platform in order to survive. We look forward to the day where rival ad platforms who respect the intellectual freedom of their customers can outcompete Google, but those days have not arrived yet. These tech companies have us all by the short hairs, and post-Charlottesville, they are all working in unison to enforce the Orwellian nightmare. Nobody is safe.”

Ultimately, there is no defense against censorship on such a massive scale but to speak out, and spread the word and memes about how we can never allow 1984 to become reality.

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