60 Minutes: More Than 300 Ads By Trump Campaign Taken Down By Google And YouTube

(Breitbart) – More than 300 of President Donald Trump’s political ads have taken down by Google and its video platform YouTube, mostly over the summer, according to a report by 60 minutes.

The CBS reporters were unable to find specific reasons for the mass takedowns of Trump ads, a common problem with social media companies, which are often reluctant to explain precisely why a ban or other act of censorship has happened. “We found very little transparency in the transparency report,” concluded 60 Minutes.

CBS reporters investigated the removal of pro-Trump ads after YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki highlighted the company’s decision to ban some of the President’s ads during an interview.

Via CBS News:

60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Wojcicki, “Have you taken down any of President Trump’s ads at all?” YouTube’s CEO responded, “There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube.” When pressed for an example, Wojcicki added, “Well, they’re available in our transparency report.”

In response to concerns raised after the 2016 election cycle, Google and YouTube, like Facebook, keep a searchable archive of political ads that have run on the site.

60 Minutes reviewed the archive to learn more about President Trump’s problematic political ads. We found that over 300 video ads were taken down by Google and YouTube, mostly over the summer, for violating company policy. But the archive doesn’t detail what policy was violated. Was it copyright violation? A lie or extreme inaccuracy? Faulty grammar? Bad punctuation? It’s unclear. The ads determined to be offending are not available to be screened. We found very little transparency in the transparency report.

The GOP and the Trump campaign have condemned Google’s recent rule-changes around political ads, calling them a “blatant attempt to suppress voter information” ahead of the 2020 election.

’60 Minutes’ Grills YouTube CEO: Why Aren’t You Censoring More People?

During the interview, the CBS reporter demanded to know why YouTube isn’t censoring more “hate speech” and “conspiracy theories.”

This comes even as other sections of the mainstream media worry that authoritarian countries are using terms invented by left-wing journalists in the west, like “fake news,” as tools of censorship.

Via CBS News:

Lesley Stahl: You recently tightened your policy on hate speech.

Susan Wojcicki: Uh-huh.

Lesley Stahl: Why– why’d you wait so long?

Susan Wojcicki: Well, we have had hate policies since the very beginning of YouTube. And we–

Lesley Stahl: But pretty ineffective.

CBS reported that YouTube’s definition of “harmful content” was too “narrow.” Stahl also reminded the YouTube CEO that she’s not operating under a “freedom of speech mandate.”

Lesley Stahl: You’re not operating under some– freedom of speech mandate. You get to pick.

Susan Wojcicki: We do. But we think there’s a lot of benefit from being able to hear from groups and underrepresented groups that otherwise we never would have heard from.

But that means hearing from people with odious messages about gays, women and immigrants.

Wojcicki explained that videos are allowed as long as they don’t cause harm: but her definition of “harm” can seem narrow.

Susan Wojcicki: So if you’re saying, “Don’t hire somebody because of their race,” that’s discrimination. And so that would be an example of something that would be a violation against our policies.

Lesley Stahl: But if you just said, “White people are superior” by itself, that’s okay.

Susan Wojcicki: And nothing else, yes.

But that is harmful in that it gives white extremists a platform to indoctrinate.

Stahl also expressed concern about the widely-reported phenomenon that the people tech companies assign to review potential “conspiracy theories” on their platforms often end up believing the alleged conspiracy theories.

“We work really hard with all of our reviewers to make sure that, you know, we’re providing the right services for them,” said Wojcicki.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. The CIA does not “play” inside the USA. The CIA is working to preserve and protect in Foreign Countries for the security and safety of Americans and the United States of America. Brennan’s leadership in the CIA was and still remains a grave mistake.

  2. There is only few questions left after Ads removal from these social media platforms is did they accept payment and we’re all these monies returned as quick as the ads were removed and why were they accepted causing a time delay an lost effectiveness I would sue on first amendment and never give them business

  3. Send a letter to the FEC [Federal Election Commission].

    If these 2 media companies what to use their ‘supposedly public forum/platform’ to control the political ads we see, then the FEC needs TO BAN THEM FROM ACCEPTING ANY POLITICAL ADS!

    The techno-nerds think they can control the news we see. Maybe the Government needs to ‘teach them the rules’. Unfortunately this will never happen.

  4. Well, well, well. If the ads were anything like Trump himself, they were full of lies.
    Here’s what most American citizens really want to know: Why has Trump stonewalled the impeachment investigation? He has said he can prove he is innocent. But then he refuses to give up evidence that could prove him right. WHY?
    His a$$ kissers complain that the impeachment investigation hasn’t provided anyone who actually heard some of the possibly damning phone calls. That’s because Trump has refused to let those people testify. WHY? If he’s so innocent, one would think that he’d gladly let those people testify so they could clear his actions. But he refuses. WHY? He has tacitly proven his guilt.
    Now we find out that his most tenacious supporter(aside from Jim Jordan, Devon Nunes was part and parcel of many of the phone calls….even as he pi$$ed and moaned and made an absolute fool of himself in front of a national tv audience.
    It became obvious even to the most naive watcher that Nunes was just putting on a show in an attempt to divert attention away from Trump’s guilt.

    • Hey Jim omg 3 million sperm cells and your the one that got through your no better than the circus clowns that make up the left if your smart u need to do research to see whats really going on .

  5. Giggle And You-Boob Are Nothing But A Damn Joke , Period !!!! Tell It Like It Is CEO , You Are A Lying Dumb-As-Crap Lover And A Trump Hater , Biotch !!!

  6. The CIA run media filth are the true Fascist…cowards, traitors, censors of anything THEY don’t like. And the idiot leftists are their trained circus seals.

  7. The clarification of why the big tech is doing this is in the following resources. If you really want to understand what is going on in our government (our Country), I urge (even beg) you to read Andrew Breibart’s book called “Righteous Indignation” or at least watch Glenn Beck’s recent video called “The Democrat Hydra” on YouTube. Glenn’s video provides factual documents and text messages obtained through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) and not conspiracy theory. If you agree Glenn is correct, you can do your part like I am by spreading it around. Yes, I keep posting this in hopes to reach new readers. We need to do something, not just talk about it. This is a well designed plan and there’s proof if you look for it.

    • You have the sheer stupidity to quote Beck?? He is so phony that he even used Vick’s Vaporub under his eyes to induce fake tears on his former tv show. There was a good reason why he was kicked off television…because he was such a bogus person. He even tried to start his own network. But that fell flat on its face in short order because the educated public refused to watch a phony man tell his lies.
      Now the best he can do is some sort of radio talk show. And I doubt that educated people tune into that.

  8. Impeachment requirements need to be refined. Must never just be a partisan desire because one party lost an election, if Trump is found not guilty, the Democrates should repay the government for all lost time and costs expended.

    • Repay the government??? That’s OUR MONEY the DemonRats always waste on stupid crap…but what do they care…it’s not their money. They have wasted 30+ million on the FRAUD Mueller investigation, and this phony impeachment inquiry is MILLIONS more! Leftists haven’t done a damn thing for this nation since Trump was elected…ALL OUR MONEY WASTED, that could have gone to every man, woman and child in this country. The stinking lying Left will utterly BANKRUPT and destroy this nation if they EVER regain the White House. They’ve always been corrupt, lying, thieves, and they still are!

  9. Google, YouTube, Facebook and the rest of big tech a to strong. F them. I know that this crude coming from a deplorable.
    Time to put the screws to them, aka regulations. Between those pompous arse people and the MSM outlets lies. The every day person is to be turned into sheep.

  10. It’s quite apparent that Google and You Tube are deliberately discriminating against President Trump and his campaign as well as all other Conservatives while they let the Liberal Left Democrats run ads upon ads at will without any restrictions or censures whatsoever. Gross bias and prejudice are what they are doing and showing favoritism and partiality to Democrats. There’s definitely no impartiality for both parties as they display one party only. Not my idea of fair and impartial media. By rights the courts should shut the both of them down and not allow any further operation.

    • They’re OWNED…
      William Casey, former Director of the CIA: “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

      William Colby, former Director of the CIA: “The Central Intelligence Agency OWNS everyone of any significance in the major media.”

      Zbigniew Brzezinski who served under LBJ as Counselor, and Carter as National Security Advisor: “Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They’ll only be able to parrot the information they’ve been given on the previous night’s news.” His daughter is Mika Brzezinski is co-host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and was caught on camera griping about Trump communicating with Patriots via Twitter…and she actually said on air that it was THEIR job to tell people what to think. Like father, like daughter…

      President Harry S Truman: “I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.”

      Are you familiar with DARPA…the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. They created a social media program called LifeLog…to gather in a single place everything an individual says, sees or does; the phone calls made, the TV shows watched, the magazines read, the plane tickets bought, the email sent and received. February 4, 2004 DARPA shut down LifeLog…FACEBOOK was “founded” February 4. 2004. Coincidence??? I think not!

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