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YouTube and its parent company Google have removed more than 300 video re-election campaign ads for President Trump for ‘violating company policy,’ according to a report from “60 Minutes.”
Specific details regarding the exact nature of the ‘violating content’ remain unclear, however, and the move has stoked accusations from Conservative groups that big tech is politically-biased, favoring liberal candidates and messaging ahead of the 2020 election.
Meanwhile, Facebook has come under fire for its “fact-checking process,” and Twitter decided to forgo political advertisements altogether before the 2020 election.
In an interview with CBS reporter Leslie Stahl, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was asked about conservatives’ perception that YouTube is biased against them.
“Well, first of all there are lots of very successful conservative creators on YouTube… Our systems, our algorithms, they don’t have any concept of understanding what’s a Democrat, what’s a Republican,” Wojcicki answered.
“They don’t have any concept of political bias built into them in any way. And we do hear this criticism from all sides. We also have people who come from more liberal backgrounds who complain about discrimination. And so I think that no matter who you are, we are trying to enforce our policies in a consistent way for everybody.”
WIBC host Tony Katz offered commentary on the report Wednesday morning. Click the link below to check it out.