In the latest corporate crackdown on free speech, the internet giant Google issued an ultimatum to a conservative website, asking them to remove/censor content under punishment of basically death, i.e. failure to comply to Google’s request would make for the respective website to lose the ability of self funding via ad revenue, which is a monopoly controlled almost entirely by Google via its subsidiaries.
In layman’s terms, The Liberty Conservative was strong armed by a corporation to remove content with the additional (and very Kafkaesque) warning that this is “just an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of this website.”
Republican Liberty Caucus of Michigan’s media relations director Shane Trejo received a strange letter from Google on Wednesday morning, a letter which issued what can be described as an ultimatum, but let me quote Shane Trejo:
“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.”
The ultimatum arrived via Google’s AdSense, which is the company’s ad placement service. The email specifically described what article on the Liberty Conservative’s website is “hateful” and Google claimed the respective article violated their policies, as per the email:
“As stated in our program policies, Google ads may not be placed on pages that contain content that: Threatens or advocates harm on oneself or others; Harasses, intimidates or bullies an individual or group of individuals; Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization,”
The Liberty Conservative had to either “modify or remove the violating content to meet our AdSense policies.” or to remove Google ads from the respective page. Moreover, Google said:
“Please be aware that if additional violations are accrued, ad serving may be disabled to the website listed above. Please be aware that the URL above is just an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of this website or other sites that you own.”
According to Shane Trejo, the respective article was singled out by Google due to the fact it was written by a former contributor who participated in the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, which turned violent after Antifa/BLM showed up and police stand down. Trejo argued that the mere fact the article was written by an individual deemed to be an unperson by the corporate elite was enough to make the website a target for Google, even if the respective article contained zero offensive content:
[the deleted article] “was merely distinguishing the many differences between the alt-right and literal Nazis.”
The website caved to Google’s (don’t be evil) demands and issued a dire warning to the internet:
“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.”
Even The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Google was targeting its critics in journalism and academia, not to mention the oh-so-ironic firing of one of Google’s senior software engineers after the latter published an internal memo which accused the company of being an ideological echo chamber where dissent is not allowed. And he was proven right 100% in no time.