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Did Google Just Admit to Being a ‘Nazi’ Collaborator?

Google brands conservative speakers with one of the worst terms imaginable, yet chooses to both host and monetize their content.

The Project Veritas investigation into Google’s political bias continues with the release of a leaked email from the Big Tech company that describes moderate conservatives Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, and liberal Dr. Jordan Peterson as “Nazis” who use “dog whistles.”

The release raises questions as to whether the company is therefore “complicit” in the agenda it claims these speakers are secretly promoting, having hosted their content for years.

Despite its affinity for dangerous labeling, the company remains complicit in whatever agenda it claims these conservative speakers are secretly promoting.

A newly leaked document appears to show a member of Google’s “transparency-and-ethics” group referring to conservative commentators as “Nazis” in internal communications between other team members.

The Google employee labels the conservative speakers “far-right,” and proposes the rest of the team follow up on another member’s proposal to omit them from the suggestions feature to limit their exposure on YouTube.

“Today [i]t is often 1 or 2 steps to [N]azis. If we understand that PragerU, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro et al are Nazis using the dog whistles you mention in step 1. 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.”

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.”

The email follows Project Veritas’ investigation into the tech giant, which has thus far produced an undercover interview with Google’s Head of Responsible Innovation Jen Gennai, who leads the company’s efforts to editorialize the company’s search algorithms.

Gennai has since responded to the investigation, posting a rebuttal of sorts on Medium to deny accusations of political bias leveled against the company.

The senior executive claims that’s Project Veritas “has edited the video to make it seem that I am a powerful executive who was confirming that Google is working to alter the 2020 election.”

“On both counts, this is absolute, unadulterated nonsense, of course,” she wrote.

“Google has repeatedly been clear that it works to be a trustworthy source of information, without regard to political viewpoint. In fact, Google has no notion of political ideology in its rankings. And everything I have seen backs this up. Our CEO has said ‘We do not bias our products to favor any political agenda.’ He’s somewhat more powerful and authoritative than me.” [Emphasis is Gennai’s]

Jordan Peterson's YouTube Channel

Jordan Peterson’s YouTube Channel

Today’s email leak flies in the face of Gennai’s rebuttal and Google’s own efforts to suppress Project Veritas’ investigation, which received over 50,000 “likes” on YouTube before it was removed. The 25-minute video was removed from YouTube late Monday citing “privacy violations.” For now, it can still be watched on BitChute and Vimeo.

If Google really thinks Shapiro, Prager and Peterson are Nazis, wouldn’t hosting their content make them Nazi collaborators?

As Google’s wholly-owned video platform, YouTube has knowingly hosted Shapiro, Peterson, and Prager for years.

Collectively, all three conservative content creators and their affiliated channels boast over 7 million subscribers—discounting the dozens of smaller fan channels who curate their videos in “Ben Shapiro DESTROYS college snowflakes” compilations.

Their rise in popularity can, at least in part, be attributed to YouTube’s recommendations and suggestions engine, which promotes their content in associated videos. The company seemed to have no problem with their platform being used for suspected “Nazi” content when it was making money from selling advertisements on their videos.

It wasn’t until the Wall Street Journal documented YouTube’s monetization of actual racist content in 2018 that the company decide to take action against “hate speech.”

In response to the article, which focused on YouTube’s “super chats” functionality on livestreams, YouTube suspended channels that abused the feature to promote racial violence and anti-Semitism. These efforts were ramped up in the wake of Vox Media’s campaign to deplatform Steven Crowder.

Clearly neither Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, nor Jordan Peterson are Nazis.

But if Google really thinks they are, wouldn’t hosting their content make them Nazi collaborators?

Ian Miles Cheong is the managing editor of Human Events

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