Google's Money in politics: How big Silicon Valley money works during elections

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The cost of running a political campaign has skyrocketed. Where do campaigns get the money to operate? Let's examine how campaign contributions work and the rather recent development of "dark money."

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10,000 Google staff set to police YouTube content and destroy anything about Conservatives
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YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki claimed that her company had developed "computer-learning" technology to identify extremist videos, and that it could also be used to identify content that risked children's safety
YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki claimed that her company had developed "computer-learning" technology to identify extremist videos, and that it could also be used to identify content that risked children's safety (AFP Photo/LIONEL BONAVENTURE)
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London (AFP) - Google is to deploy a staff of 10,000 to hunt down extremist content on its YouTube platform following recent criticism, the video-sharing site's chief executive told Britain's Daily Telegraph Tuesday.

Susan Wojcicki admitted in the broadsheet that "bad actors" had used the website to "mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm."

British Prime Minister Theresa May has put pressure on internet giants to root out online radical material following a spate of terror attacks, while YouTube last week pulled 150,000 videos of children after lewd comments about them were posted by viewers.

Wojcicki claimed that her company had developed "computer-learning" technology to identify extremist videos, and that it could also be used to identify content that risked children's safety.

"We will continue the growth of our teams, with the goal of bringing the total number of people across Google working to address content that might violate our policies to over 10,000 in 2018."

Last week's move to take down suspect content came after a British newspaper reported that ads for big-name brands were displayed alongside videos of children or teens which, while innocent on their own, drew viewer comments that seemed paedophilic in nature.

Media reports indicate the situation made advertisers skittish, with some halting YouTube advertising.
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Marcus Hesse
Marcus Hesse
17 hours ago
After censorship, going to have to change the name to "TheirTube"
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ChicagoSoul
ChicagoSoul
18 hours ago
This won't touch islamic extremists or pro-antifa anarcho-marxists. This censorship army is out to protect feminist rhetoric and other SJW causes while shutting down anything conservative...
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Jay
Jay
17 hours ago
Google, who owns YouTube, is just another globalist multinational conglomerate, which dominates the search- and video-space. Conglomerates are not productive corporations, but non-productive holding companies that buy, control and sell productive corporations, whose only reason for existence is to eliminate competition. As this one dominates the video-posting space of the web, it is the last one that should decide what is worth viewing, or not - aka, censorship.
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10 Times Google’s Far-Left, Anti-Trump Bias Was Exposed
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The far-left mainstream media is dutifully defending its ideological allies in Silicon Valley, arguing that President Trump’s criticism of bias in Google’s products is a “conspiracy theory.”

The mainstream media may have formed a defensive barrier around Google in response to the President, but there are many examples of Google expressing its political bias in ways both big and small. Breitbart Tech has collected ten popular examples of Google’s left-wing bias in action.

1. When the company fired James Damore

Former Google engineer was fired for expressing mild criticism of Google’s far-left diversity policies and political monoculture. His arguments wouldn’t have been out of place in a David Brooks column or a Jonathan Haidt lecture. Despite the mildness of his arguments — which were more liberal centrist than conservative — radical leftists at the company succeeded in getting him fired, after maliciously leaking his viewpoint diversity manifesto to the press.

Damore, along with other current and former Google employees, is now fighting a class-action lawsuit against the company alleging that it discriminates against people of a non-progressive political viewpoint, and against white and Asian males.

2. When the company failed to condemn Antifa

Google’s workforce is riddled with supporters of Antifa, a far-left group categorized as a terrorist network by U.S. security agencies. Members of this bloodthirsty movement have pleaded guilty to plotting acid attacks at pro-Trump events. On the west coast, an Antifa member was arrested for smashing a Trump supporter in the head with a bike lock. Yet when Breitbart News reached out to Google asking them to provide a general disavowal of political violence, the company declined to do so.

3. When then-CEO Eric Schmidt wanted to be “head outside adviser” to the Clinton campaign

When WikiLeaks published a trove of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s emails during the 2016 election campaign, one of the revelations was that Eric Schmidt wanted, in Podesta’s words, to be “head outside adviser” to the Clinton campaign. According to Podesta’s email, he expressed this wish as early as 2014.

4. When Schmidt set up a grassroots organization to put a second Clinton in the White House

Schmidt wasn’t joking. Ahead of the 2016 campaign, he set up a shadowy grassroots organization called “The Groundwork.” Little is known about its operations and composition, but its stated aim was to harness the expertise of Silicon Valley to put Hillary Clinton in the White House.

5. When Google rigged its search suggestions in favor of Hillary Clinton in 2016

A video from tech news site SourceFed in 2016 reported that negative search terms for Hillary Clinton did not autocomplete, despite the fact that those terms (like “Hillary Clinton criminal”) were popular, and autocompleted just fine on Bing and Yahoo. Moreover, negative search terms for Clinton opponents Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump did autocomplete. Google’s explained that they don’t allow negative autocompletes about individuals, period. But they failed to explain why Sanders and Trump were apparently exempt from this rule.

Later in the year, research conducted by psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein found that Google’s search results as well as its autocomplete suggestions were biased, and could have shifted up to 3 million votes towards Clinton. Not enough for her to win, clearly. But will that be the case with the Democratic candidate in 2020?

6. When its senior management broke down in tears after Trump’s election win

Yes, this actually happened. A Google insider gave Breitbart News this bit of information (and some other internal horror stories) back in 2017.

7. When Google employees spoke out en masse about the company’s oppressive political monoculture

That wasn’t the only thing revealed by disgruntled Google employees. The firing of James Damore led to an outpouring of leaks from the company, which were published exclusively by Brietbart News. The horror stories included senior management prioritizing diversity over good technology, efforts to demote politically incorrect content in search, and employees getting demonized, excluded, and even punched for being too conservative.

8. When it decided to boost Wikipedia, an encyclopedia of far-left fake news, in its search results

When you conduct a Google search, chances are you’ll see a Wikipedia link at the top of your results, or information from Wikipedia in the “knowledge panel” that appears on the right-hand side of some Google searches. The online encyclopedia is heavily favored in Google search results.

The online encyclopedia is also infamous for its unreliability and far-left bias. Editors on the site added ICE detention centers to a Wikipedia article on “concentration camps.” They added Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson to a list of “neo-Nazi conspiracy theorists.” They even created an article dedicated solely to criticism of the President’s handshake style, and featured it on Wikipedia’s front page. This is the “encyclopedia” that Google relies on for many of its top search results.

9. When it plowed $300 million into propping up the anti-Trump legacy media

This is an initiative of Google News spread across the company’s services and sister companies,including YouTube. Typically of recent big tech power-grabs, the initiative was presented to the public as an effort to combat “misinformation” online. Google will do this by funding misinformation at news organizations like far-left Vox, a website that claims the Clinton email scandal is fake news.

10. When it let a far-left academic give a talk on “white fragility” while blocking Jordan Peterson

Google regularly invites academics to its headquarters to give lectures and allows employees to offer suggestions for invites. Well, some employees. If you suggest a world-renowned academic who is nonetheless loathed by the left and media establishment, like Jordan Peterson, your suggestion will be denied. But you invite a racist to give a talk on “white fragility,” that’s perfectly fine!

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