NBC colludes with UK thought police to get ZeroHedge & Federalist deplatformed from Google Ads, smear them as ‘far-right’
Google has threatened to drop ZeroHedge and the Federalist from its ad platform after NBC and a UK ‘cyber-hate’ watchdog denounced the outlets for allegedly publishing “fake news” about the ongoing George Floyd protests.
After initially reporting that Google had “removed both sites’ ability to monetize” via Google Ads after they were found in violation of the platform’s rules regarding race-related speech on Tuesday, NBC quietly stealth-updated its article to reflect that the tech behemoth had banned ZeroHedge last week and had merely notified the Federalist of outstanding violations. The Federalist supposedly has three days to remedy the offending content – which is apparently located in the comments section, not its articles.
Will a single American MSM outlet have the integrity to say ‘We don’t agree with @FDRLST & @zerohedge, but we’re alarmed when news sites lose livelihoods because of anti-free speech activists colluding with corporate censors’? https://t.co/PPWBPfceZW— RT (@RT_com) June 16, 2020
NBC nevertheless patted itself on the back for a job well done, bragging that its “News Verification Unit” notified Google of “research conducted by the Center for Countering Digital Hate,” a UK outfit that lobbies social media platforms to censor “wrongthink” perpetrators.
The CCDH runs a “Stop Funding Fake News” campaign, attempting to guilt brands that have made statements in support of Black Lives Matter into pulling their ads from platforms that publish stories that don’t fit the accepted narrative about the movement. As part of that effort, the CCDH singled out 10 US-based websites, claiming not only had they published “racist articles” about the George Floyd protests against racism and police brutality, but that they would make “millions of dollars” off the offending articles through Google Ads.Also on rt.com Facebook selectively slaps ‘state-controlled media’ warning on some government-funded outlets ahead of 2020 US elections
Google confirmed the Federalist was never actually demonetized in a tweet after NBC updated its article. However, the original version of NBC’s article cited a Google spokesperson clearly stating “we’ve removed both sites’ ability to monetize with Google,” explaining that both sites “violated its policies on content related to race.”
We worked with them to address issues on their site related to the comments section.— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) June 16, 2020
In its self-congratulatory write-up, NBC took care to avoid describing either outlet’s transgressions in detail, instead explaining that both had “become well known in recent years for publishing far-right articles on a variety of subjects” – a blanket condemnation readers of both outlets would no doubt contest. Without linking to the offending articles, the network accused ZeroHedge of “claiming that protests were fake” in one article and claimed the Federalist had “published an article claiming the media had been lying about looting and violence during the protests.”
While it’s impossible to tell without a link, the Federalist specifically called out NBC for directing its reporters not to use the word “riot” to describe the violent unrest unfolding in Minneapolis in the days following George Floyd’s killing – an act which might have triggered the network’s wrath.
The deplatforming raised more than a few eyebrows on social media as commenters wondered when it became acceptable journalistic practice to rat out one’s competitors for insufficient wokeness.
A leftwing activist masquerading as a NBC journalist helped bully @Google into pulling ad revenue from The Federalist because they criticized a political movement they disagree with.Big Tech & the MSM are working together to shutdown all dissent pic.twitter.com/a6ziAN84lq— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 16, 2020
The two British NBC "journalists" who pressured Google to ban ZeroHedge & Federalist from its ad platform bragged about conspiring with British-based SPLC-style witch hunt groups @SFFakeNews@CCDHate. This is foreign interference. https://t.co/SeezGQBijC— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 16, 2020
Some questioned when Google had begun demonetizing sites over the content of their comment sections – a policy that would seem to fly in the face of Section 230 protections, which don’t only apply to giant tech platforms.
Section 230 is supposed to be all about not punishing websites for their comment sections. Google will deserve every regulation thrown their way if they actually start demonetizing over comment sections. https://t.co/K3DNEkrfBk— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 16, 2020
A handful of threats ominously suggested the Daily Caller was “next.”
You’re next, lying hack.— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) June 16, 2020
The conservative outlet filmed and reported on Washington DC rioters’ attack on an NBC news crew just after midnight on June 3 – something the channel itself conspicuously avoided doing, going out of its way to avoid mentioning the violent interruption to what was otherwise reportedly a peaceful night.Also on rt.com Vice is promoting a SPLC ‘hate map’ of Confederate monuments. This has led to violence before
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