By Onan Coca
No, there’s no bias in the tech industry gatekeepers who rule the Internet.
Sure, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Google routinely suppress conservative content, and sure they demonetize conservatives more than liberals, and sure they ban conservatives more than liberals, and sure they call mainstream conservative content “fake news.”
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But that doesn’t mean they’re biased, does it?
Now, if they started acting as if the GOP was somehow connected to Nazism… then, they could be called biased.
Oh, wait. Google just did that.
On Thursday, conservatives noticed something odd about Google’s description of California’s Republican Party, namely that Google seemed to think that the CAGOP shared some of its ideology with the Nazi’s.
I kid you not.
When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was made aware of the ugly smear, he expressed his frustration with Google by tweeting about it.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 31, 2018
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 31, 2018
As put out as Congressman McCarthy was, the California GOP was even more agitated. In fact, they were downright apoplectic about the situation.
From Vice News, who was one of the first outlets to report the story:
“It is libelous and Wikipedia and Google should take more ownership of what is published on their sites, since both companies just said 5 million Californians support Nazism,” said Cynthia Bryant, executive director of the California Republican Party. “It is unfortunate, but is unlikely to affect the election because anyone with common sense knows we don’t support Nazism.”
“There’s nothing worse you can call someone than labeling them a Nazi,” said Eric Wilson, a longtime Republican digital consultant and founder of Learn Test Optimize. “Google owes Republicans an apology whether it was an algorithm or a human, they’re ultimately responsible.”…
Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale sent a letter last week to Facebook and Twitter requesting for more transparency by the companies in how they are preventing political bias internally.
“Google owes conservatives answers and assurances that they are putting an end to this,” McDaniel said in a statement to VICE News. “Evidence is mounting that conservative voices are either being suppressed or, as it appears in this case, being falsely depicted as hateful extremists.”
The story continues to add fuel to the fire of fears that Silicon Valley is attempting to silence conservative voices on the Internet. Twitter routinely bans conservatives for “offensive” speech, while allowing liberals to mock and deride and even threaten conservatives to their heart’s content. Youtube routinely demonetizes (and here) any content that opposes certain leftist conventional wisdom, whether or not the content is offensive is usually beside the point. However, liberals hardly ever face Youtube’s financial wrath. Over the last year, Facebook has destroyed a once thriving conservative marketplace of content by shifting their algorithm to ignore what the social media giant calls “fake news.” Oddly, conservative sites have borne the brunt of the damage from the algorithm changes, while leftwing websites seem to actually be doing better than they were previously when Facebook users could simply choose the content they wanted to see. And Google (as well as Facebook) has partnered with leftwing sites like Wikipedia, Vox, and Snopes to police content on the Internet that they disagree with. Meaning that when you do a Google search for a news story, current event, or piece of information that was in the news, what you’ll find is that leftwing websites will almost always appear first in your search and that you’ll have to dig through several pages of information to find news from a conservative perspective.
Somehow, Google was SHOCKED that such a flagrant lie about the California GOP had gotten through their screening process, and then they quickly blamed Wikipedia for the “mistake.”
This would have been fixed systematically once we processed the removal from Wikipedia, but when we noticed the vandalism we worked quickly to accelerate the removal of the erroneous information.
— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) May 31, 2018
But how could this have been such a “simple” mistake when the “mistake” was left uncorrected for almost a week!? That might as well be FOREVER in Internet time, and yet it remained unnoticed by the folks at Wikipedia and Google until one of the most powerful men in America noticed it?
That literally makes no sense.
Republished with permission Eagle Rising
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Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He’s also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.