In an apparent effort to protect the idea that collectivism is a viable economic policy proposal, Libertarian pundit John Stossel said that Google censored his video on the ills of Socialism.
“This morning Google told me that it would not allow my YouTube video “Socialism Leads to Violence” to be viewed by young people,” he said in a Townhall column. “It violates ‘community guidelines,’ said the company in a computer-generated email.”
Google is the owner of YouTube.
Stossel speculated that Google could be harboring anti-capitalist bias, and that it could be built into the very algorithms that dictate what internet users see when they run an internet search.
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“Google’s power comes from its dominant search engine. We assume that whatever appears at the top of our searches is the ‘best’ or most popular result. But is it?” Stossel wondered.
Peter Schweizer, author of the book “Clinton Cash” which was also turned into a documentary film, recently released a new documentary on Google’s apparent effort to censor conservative ideas, called “The Creepy Line.”
“It is a company that has an agenda,” Schweizer told Stossel. “Their ability to manipulate the algorithm is something that they’ve demonstrated.
Schweizer cited the fact that Google prioritized positive stories about Hillary R. Clinton during her failed presidential run in 2016.
“Human ‘content monitors’ do some of that censoring, and some of them despise conservatives,” according to Stossel. “A former Facebook employee reported that the human censors sometimes ignored stories trending among Facebook users if the stories came from a conservative website.”
Stossel said that he started a TV channel, “Stossel TV” to educate young people about capitalism, but that it will be a huge “setback” if his YouTube videos are censored.
“My purpose in making the videos is to reach kids, to educate them about the benefits of free markets,” he said. “It’s why I started StosselInTheClassroom.org, a nonprofit that provides videos, plus teachers’ guides, free to teachers.”
“If Google and Facebook decide adults should be ‘protected’ from seeing those videos, too, then ‘Stossel TV’ will go dark.”