Google Considered Removing ‘Nazis’ Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro From Search Suggestions – Report


from Sputnik News:

A number of key right-leaning commentators have acquired a massive following on YouTube, but Google, which owns the video-hosting site, is seeking to suppress content that it deems hateful or outright dangerous, putting some personalities at risk of being deplatformed.

Google employees have discussed cracking down on conservative political commentators Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager, referring to them as “Nazis”, watchdog group Project Veritas reports.

Project Veritas, which ignited controversy this week after exposing Google’s alleged plans to prevent a Trump re-election in 2020, claims it has obtained a leaked e-mail from within the company’s “transparency and ethics” team.

“…If we understand that PragerU, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro et al are Nazis using the dog whistles…” says an employee going by the name Liam Hopkins, according to a screenshot of the e-mail.

He then zooms in on a suggestion to ban them from the Google suggest feature that attempts to autocomplete users’ searches as they are typing in the search box.

“I can receive these recommendations regardless of the content of what I’m looking at, and I have recorded thousands of internet users sharing the same experience,” Liam adds.

“I don’t think correctly identifying far-right content is beyond our capabilities. But if it is, why not go with Meredith’s suggestion of disabling the suggestions feature? This could be a significant step in terms of user trust.”

Shapiro was quick to call out YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. “Do you think your employees should be cavalierly labelling those who militantly hate white supremacy ‘Nazis,’ and then shaping algorithms on the basis of such lies?” he inquired.

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