Google’s censorship has mostly occupied headlines in relation to the partisan-themed suppression that they’ve been handing out against Conservatives, but like all forms of authoritarianism it eventually seeps outside of its political litter box and begins to affect supposed “allies” as much as it does its enemies, such as when Liberal political news commentator Tim Pool was affected by Google’s suppression techniques, as revealed by Project Veritas. In this case, Democratic Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has been on the receiving end of Google’s censorship machinations, so now she’s suing Google for $50 million.
Gabbard isn’t just suing for having her ad account banned but also for Google’s meddling in the elections and playing favorites. Apparently Gabbard isn’t kosher enough for Google’s tastes in who they want to displace President Donald Trump in the 2020 elections. She posted a tweet thread on July 25th, 2019 explaining the situation.
TULSI2020: In the hours following the 1st debate, while millions of Americans searched for info about Tulsi, Google suspended her search ad account w/o explanation. It is vital to our democracy that big tech companies can’t affect the outcome of elections https://t.co/n7Y7y2dQZ9
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) July 25, 2019
3/3 – Google’s discrimination against our campaign reveals the danger of their dominance & how the dominance of big tech over public discourse threatens core American values. They threaten our democracy & #Tulsi will fight back on behalf of all Americans. https://t.co/n7Y7y2dQZ9
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) July 25, 2019
Over on the Tulsi 2020 website there’s a blog post by Gabbard’s campaign staff that reads…
“On June 28th, 2019 in the immediate hours following the first Democratic Presidential debate, millions of Americans were searching online for information about Tulsi Gabbard. In fact, according to multiple news reports, Tulsi was the most searched candidate on Google. Then, without any explanation, Google suspended Tulsi’s Google Ads account.
“For hours, Tulsi’s campaign advertising account remained offline while Americans everywhere were searching for information about her. During this time, Google obfuscated and dissembled with a series of inconsistent and incoherent reasons for its actions. In the end, Google never explained to us why Tulsi’s account was suspended.”
This was followed up with a piece by the New York Times, who covered Gabbard’s lawsuit against Google for election meddling and damages that amount to a minimum of $50 million.
Joe Castaneda, a spokesperson for Google, issued a statement to the publication, saying…
“In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter. We are proud to offer ad products that help campaigns connect directly with voters, and we do so without bias toward any party or political ideology.”
This is actually false according to what a Google executive was caught admitting to Project Veritas in an undercover sting, where it was revealed that the Machine Learning Fairness algorithm was being tuned to accommodate search results, suggestions, and botting themed around what Google’s employees believe to be “fair” rather than what’s the actual truth.
In the video it was revealed that Google was going to prevent another “Trump situation” and that they were going to use whatever means possible to do so, including social engineering ways to rig the vote, similar to what they attempted to do back in 2016 and again in 2018, as discovered in a study by Professor Robert Epstein.
Even Tim Pool called out Google in his latest video about Gabbard suing the tech giant.
Gabbard is at least savvy enough to recognize that this is a non-partisan issue and that Google’s dominance over not just the search market but our everyday lives, which includes everything from entertainment to politics, needs to be curtailed.
In the blog post, Gabbard’s team explains…
“Google controls 88 percent of all internet search in the United States – essentially giving it control over our access to information. That’s one reason why Tulsi has been a vocal proponent of breaking up the tech monopolies. And no matter what the motivation was for doing so, Google’s arbitrary and capricious decision to suspend Tulsi’s Google Ads account during a critical moment in our campaign should be of concern to all political candidates and in fact all Americans. Because if Google can do this to Tulsi, a combat veteran and four term Congresswoman who is running for the nation’s highest office, Google can do this to any candidate, from any party, running for any office in the United States.”
They added the bold emphasis to really drive the point home.
Right now President Trump is having meetings with big tech and looking into exploring regulatory options to exercise against Google, Facebook, and Twitter. The Department of Justice has also reportedly begun an antitrust investigation into big tech, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, but there’s really no telling if anything will come of it or if it’s just more hot air and posturing.
What’s more, even if Gabbard wins the $50 million suit against Google it still won’t do anything to combat the search manipulation, vote manipulation, election meddling, and social engineering.
(Thanks for the news tip Mugen Tenshin)