A CBS report showed that more than 300 political ads of President Donald Trump were removed by Google and its YouTube video platform.
Reporters for “60 Minutes” investigated the cancellation of Trump’s campaign ads after YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki confirmed the company’s decision to ban some of the president’s ads.
During a recent interview, correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Wojcicki, “Have you taken down any of President Trump’s ads at all?”
The executive director of YouTube replied, “There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube,” adding, “Well, they are available in our transparency report.”
Indeed, according to CBS, in response to concerns raised after the 2016 presidential election, Google and YouTube, like Facebook, keep an archive of the political ads that have been posted on the site.
In August of this year, engineer Kevin Cernekee, a former Google worker, revealed on a Fox News TV show how the technology giant’s leaders had vowed in 2016 not to allow Trump to win the election again.
That’s why the “60-Minutes” journalists reviewed the file and found that more than 300 video ads were removed by Google and YouTube, mostly during the summer, for “violating company policy,” CBS reported.
However, they pointed out that the social media file does not detail which policy was violated.
” Was it copyright violation? A lie or extreme inaccuracy? Faulty grammar? Bad punctuation? It’s unclear. The ads determined to be offending are not available to be screened,” the report released Dec. 1 said.
“We found very little transparency in the transparency report,” it concluded.
As Breitbart explains, social networking companies are often “reluctant to explain precisely why a ban or other act of censorship has happened.”
Breitbart notes that both the Republican Party and Trump’s re-election campaign have condemned Google’s recent rule changes around political ads as a “blatant attempt to suppress voter information” before the 2020 elections.