Google Boots Far-Right Site ZeroHedge From Ad Platform, Warns the Federalist

Google Boots Far-Right Site ZeroHedge From Ad Platform, Warns the Federalist

Google Boots Far-Right Site ZeroHedge From Ad Platform, Warns the Federalist

A Google spokesperson said in a statement that "if the site remedies the issues with derogatory or offensive comments, they can be reinstated".

Google has threatened to drop ZeroHedge and the Federalist from its ad platform after NBC and a United Kingdom "cyber-hate" watchdog denounced the outlets for allegedly publishing "fake news" about the ongoing George Floyd protests.

When Mediaite reached out to Google, the platform said the NBC News report was correct that action was being taken against The Federalist, but incorrect as to the rationale behind the move.

"Just like with any other websites that Google moderates, we're going to try and figure out a way to not have to devote constant attention to the comments section and let people speak freely and post freely", Bedford said. 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 both sites "violated its policies on content related to race".

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 United Kingdom outfit that lobbies social media platforms to censor "wrongthink" perpetrators. "This is a longstanding policy".

Currently, The Federalist has on their front page such stories as "The Monument-Destroying Mobs Don't Hate The Confederacy, They Hate America", and "Black Lives Matter Activist: Your Kellogg's Box Is Racist".

The Center for Countering Digital Hate, a British watchdog group, recently sent a report to Google flagging racist content focused on the ongoing protests across a number of US sites, including The Federalist and ZeroHedge.

As NBC News reported, ZeroHedge published stories claiming that the protests were actually fake while The Federalist pushed a narrative that the media was lying about what happened at the public demonstrations.

The developments prompted a broad public outcry on Twitter, with netizens specifically pointing to Google's pressure on conservative media outlets.

The comments, focused on the recent protests and riots stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, violated Google's policy against "dangerous and derogatory" content, according to the rep.

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