You can lay this right at the feet of the exploitive leftists in what was once called the “music industry”. It took talent and skill to compose and perform music. You actually had to be able to sing to be in what was called the music industry. You also had to know your potential audience and create music that would hopefully be universally appreciated.
Today, too many are looking for reasons to be offended about anything; almost to the point of the absurd.
How many of you went to work in the days after the last presidential election and attended an employee meeting lamenting a result most didn’t anticipate? Personally, I can’t remember one instance or being told by anyone who worked for a company where such happened.
But if you work for a big website, you must assume you’re not only among the smartest, most well-informed people on the planet, but you also have to tolerate those who have the sheer stupidity to not see things the way you do.
You are “Googley”.
At a regularly scheduled all hands meeting, some Google employees and executives expressed their own personal views in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season.
“Personal views” and “values” they can act upon….
For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings. Nothing was said at that meeting, or any other meeting, to suggest that any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products.
Only someone who assumed the video wasn’t watched would formally issue such bullshit.
To the contrary, our products are built for everyone, and we design them with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without regard to political viewpoint. —Google spokesperson
See for yourself if that’s really how things went down….
Okay, time for a “hug”.
The hubris: they actually record their public whine-fests, label them “confidential” because they’re too important for simple Americans to comprehend, they’re #snowflake cowards, and these are valuable enough for the privileged “Googlers” to view on demand: probably for therapeutic reassurance (with a joint or two).
Co-founder Sergey Brin can be heard comparing Trump supporters to fascists and extremists. Brin argues that like other extremists, Trump voters were motivated by “boredom,” which he says in the past led to fascism and communism.
VP for Global Affairs Kent Walker argues that supporters of populist causes like the Trump campaign are motivated by “fear, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there.” —Breitbart, 9/12/18
One would think Soviet-born Brin would appreciate the perils of forced group-think and enforcement, but like too many who immigrate here to take advantage of our freedoms, he ultimately believes our nation should resemble the #shithole his family fled.
While my initial response to government regulation is negative, Google’s liberal elitist influence on the American people (especially impressionable young people) is no longer something that should be brushed off as incidental.
Google is facing renewed controversy over its alleged intolerance toward conservatives at the company, after a class action lawsuit filed by former engineer James Damore disclosed almost 100 pages of screen shots of internal communications in which employees discuss sensitive political issues.
Seriously, some are wearing “Google-Noogler-Intern-Employee” propeller beanie caps.
Screenshots of internal communications reveal numerous employees appearing to support the idea of being intolerant toward certain points of view, such as one post arguing that Google should respond to Damore’s memo by “disciplining or terminating those who have expressed support”. —The Guardian (UK), 1/8/18
That said, until political persecution is prosecuted and fined just like any other kind of discrimination, this will continue and anyone not one of THEM will be targeted at their weaponized, search engine whims.
Black & Right, now Black and Blonde Media, has always been an outspoken site for conservative opinion. We have NEVER been a straight party-line regurgitator as we’ve often called out misguided Republicans because their actions almost always reflects badly on the base. However fair we’ve attempted to be, it’s become increasingly clear our website’s presence on the Internet has been targeted and damaged by those who serve as gatekeepers to access and can make a website prominent or virtually invisible.
Like it or not, social media is the communication form of the future — not just in the U.S., but worldwide. Just Facebook and Twitter combined reach 1.8 billion people. More than two-thirds of all Americans (68 percent) use Facebook. YouTube is pushing out TV as the most popular place to watch video. Google is the No. 1 search engine in both the U.S. and the world.
War is being declared on the conservative movement in this space and conservatives are losing — badly. If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media. —Newsbusters, 4/16/18
Has the content and opinions that was reflected changed drastically over the years? We don’t think so, in fact we’ve exposed as much (if not more) more hypocrisy, exploitation, self-serving, incompetence on government, campaign officials, nonprofits, the media, political campaigns and parties.
Our YouTube channels have been targeted on several occasions for violating “community standards” while anyone with access to a mouse can cruise the video platform and easily find gratuitous sex, violence, music videos with intentionally offensive language and imagery, but we’ve been target as confirmed earlier this month.
Someone at YouTube has been “manually reviewing” our video content, looking for… something.
In order to reduce the possibility of visibility from those at YouTube looking for any excuse to penalize or shut us down, we demonetized most of the videos on our various YouTube channels around a year ago, so we find the excuse YouTube claims is the reason for “manually reviewing” a 2008 video in 2018 as suspicious at best.
Google’s YouTube site had created its own problems with conservative content. YouTube moderators must take their cues from the rest of Google – from shutting down entire conservative channels “by mistake” to removing videos that promote right-wing political views.
We have no account linked to Google thus we have no money coming from any Google ads or YouTube channels.
Unlike some YouTube channels where you can find nothing less than filth that’s monetized and some people live comfortably off that “content”.
Our presence has been reduced and to a great extent, also by our doing everything possible to stay off YouTube’s radar to our monetary detriment. This is why we rely solely on those who deem our time worthy of contribution.
We’re also being censored, shadowbanned what have you, as whenever we send out a Tweet with a link, the visual thumbnail no longer shows and we know full well, pictures are very important in gaining the attention of some people.
We had to go back to August 2, 2018 to find a Tweet with a link to a post (about a deranged, anti-Trump liberal) to see the link with a missing thumbnail.
Since August 2nd, whenever we Tweet and include a link, there is no box with the link. Just the url.
Of course, should we Tweet with a link to another site or a YouTube video, the thumbnails and/or link box shows just fine.
Facebook is now no different.
A 2016 Gizmodo story had warned of Facebook’s bias. It had detailed claims by former employees that Facebook’s news curators had been instructed to hide conservative content from the “trending” section, which supposedly only features news users find compelling.
When we try and link to one of our posts, the thumbnail showing up is now a crapshoot.
So if we are to use the word “collusion” in our daily vernacular, the more insidious collusion is between those whose platforms are being used to squelch conservative speech on websites Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter don’t like.
Unlike many conservative entities, we try and not rely on social media platforms to drive the majority of traffic back to our website because after exhaustive research on many tech sites, there’s a consensus that roughly 3% of those who see a post on Facebook and/or Twitter actually click on a link. Since people get enough from a title and could be bothered to take on the arduous task of clicking on a link to receive more information, only a fool would rely on social media for traffic.
And as we have our own website, Facebook and Twitter holding the ever-possible threat of account deletion over our heads is a mere nuisance and not panic inducing.
When Bob first created his television program; a good three or four years before the existence of YouTube and later Facebook and Twitter, it was aired primetime on Friday and Saturday nights in a deep blue Massachusetts district for a 90% liberal audience. Unlike videos created today that preach to the choir, Bob’s programs were aimed directly at the left and as (according to the liberals)blacks are supposed to be Democrats, this site has always been a target.
It’s now been confirmed that direct damage has been directed to Black & Right and Black & Blonde Media by Google who buries our posts, Facebook and Twitter who are reducing our visuals.
Of course, we know the collective outrage had this been the case and Barack Obama’s name came up after such a search.
Then again, the good folks at Google would’ve probably seen to it this would never happen because that would be disrespectful, if not worse. Then again, maybe this is why they removed “Don’t be evil” as their official slogan.
All this time, the Democrats and their media pushed the narrative that Russia colluded with Donald Trump in defeating Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election.
The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded. — Obi-Wan Kenobi
But it turns out by their own admission, Facebook ran ads that, if anything, also triggered sore-loser liberals into disputing the legitimacy of the election of Donald J. Trump and we all know what’s happened since.
Top lawyers from Facebook and Twitter said Tuesday that Russian-linked posts and advertisements placed on the social networks after Election Day sought to sow doubt about President Donald Trump’s victory. —Politico, 10/31/17
Well, that we know how well that’s worked on those who are quite competent in hating those that disagree with them.
We’re also receiving confirmation on what many of us already know. Silicon Valley liberals at Google, Facebook and Twitter blatantly manipulate social media interaction based on their personal biases.
A Twitter customer support worker who was on his or her last day on the job deactivated President Donald Trump’s account for a few minutes Thursday evening, the social media company reported. Shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, social media reports surfaced that the president’s personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, was unavailable, providing the error message that the user “does not exist.” The account was restored by 7:03 p.m.
Twitter later said the deactivation “was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day.” The account was unreachable for 11 minutes.
How many people has this kind of silencing happened to who don’t have visibility of the President of the United States, thus were more vulnerable to social media employee abuse?
Some of Twitter’s trend manipulation was clearly for partisan benefit to the political campaign their preferred.
In the two months preceding the election, around 57,000 users posted approximately 426,000 unique Tweets containing variations of the #PodestaEmails hashtag. Approximately one quarter (25%) of those Tweets received internal tags from our automation detection systems that hid them from searches. As described in greater detail below, our systems detected and hid just under half (48%) of the Tweets relating to variants of another notable hashtag, #DNCLeak, which concerned the disclosure of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee. —Testimony of Sean J. Edgett, Acting General Counsel, Twitter, Inc., 10/31/17
Would Twitter have been so aggressively hidden had those hashtags contained an anti-Trump message?
According to the social media execs, their employees are receiving training in an ongoing basis which is of no reassurance to us.
Over the last few months, we have been punished by YouTube (Google) for politically-incorrect content their “Community” deemed offensive, and it’s not for content we upload and is flagged, but they’ve gone back and found videos that may have been uploaded months ago and are now using as justification for shutting down our present ability to upload.
That’s just a couple of examples, not to mention “shadow banning” from Twitter of some of our messaging.
Stealth banning (also called shadow banning, ghost banning or comment ghosting) is the act of blocking a user or their content from an online community such that the user does not realize that they have been banned. By making a problem user’s contributions invisible or less prominent to other members of the service, the hope is that in the absence of reactions to their comments, the problematic user will become bored or frustrated and leave the site. —Wikipedia
Again, we appreciate that Google, Facebook and Twitter are private companies and can conduct themselves however they wish as users volunteer to use their products and agree to their “terms”. But given their size and reach, there is a responsibility for them to be fair and impartial in their treatment of their customers.
If #DNCLeaks is deemed offensive enough for them to “hide” Tweets containing that hashtag, one would think that a #FuckDonaldTrump hashtag would so be hidden, not to mention the free reign that pornography has on social media platforms.
Good luck with that. Here’s content that apparently meet their “community standards”.
Don’t hold your breath for any changes in Silicon Valley once the spotlight cools off.
We just received a notice from YouTube that our video “If Americans Treated Dogs Like….” has been removed.
While in the Navy, I was stationed onboard the USS Midway which was (at the time) the only forward-deployed carrier in the Fleet, meaning we were permanently homeported overseas in Japan. We were always reminded that we were guests in the countries we visited and as our nation’s ambassadors, we were expected to observe the customs, rules and laws of said countries.
Being the welcoming nation the United States is, many now come to this country and are allowed to tell us that we are to observe and respect the customs, rules, and sometimes laws of those who immigrate here. In many Muslim nations, dogs are considered unclean and are thus subject to be treated as a pestilence. We’ve also seen many stories here where American citizens with dogs are subjected to justified discrimination because their pets and/or guide dogs offend Muslims who may come in contact with them in public places.
Based on videos Laura found mostly on YouTube and LiveLeak…
… we created a compilation video to illustrate the inhumane acts committed against dogs by Muslims.
Our video, like a lot of “art” today, was meant to be both educational and also provocative seeing how we’re constantly inundated with intentionally heart-wrenching commercials from nonprofits in this country on the mistreatment of dogs, yet our video is deemed possibly “insulting”?
And sorry, but while our video has been deemed offensive by YouTube because it may be insensitive to Muslims who DO maim, torture, and kill dogs, they apparently have no issues with a so-called music video with 8.7 million views depicting a young white boy being hung by a black rapper.
THAT is “artistic”.
While I am also a musician/producer awaiting the opportunity to finish and release my first album, I’m in no way in the same calibre of “artist” as XXXTentacion.
On August 25, Florida rapper XXXTentacion released his debut album, 17, which entered at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The music arrived amid online debate over the criminal case against the 19-year-old, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy. Last October, prosecutors charged him with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering. —Pitchfork, 9/8/17
We’re not sure if we were flagged by an offended Muslim or this was found during Google’s ongoing monitoring of our website and channel, but everyone knows that YouTube is systematically purging conservative content if favor for the sensational progressive messages they side with and clearly prefer.
This is precisely why we created New Media Alliance Television (NMATV) almost ten years ago; to protect conservative video from the liberal purge. We just didn’t have the funds to maintain a server necessary and unfortunately couldn’t find investors that could foresee the need.
A Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system — which is not yet live — counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. “A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy,” says the team. The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.
Imagine your garden-variety, Rachel Maddow-loving, Keith Olbermann-adoring, CNN, New York Time, MSNBC-first looking liberal at Google being the one who decides if Breitbart, The Blaze, The Daily Caller, Hot Air, RedState, Washington Times, and all the others are just full of racist, homophobic, sexist, jingoistic, right wing lies that shouldn’t dignify being found on any preliminary Internet search.
In other words, say “Sayonara” to the Internet concept (like it or not) of free expression.
I warned of this before: we may soon see this as reality and it just might be time for us to turn our attention to those other search engines that won’t (at least for now) be a censor of what THEY deem worthy to be seen. Some of you may not think this a big deal, that is until Google starts sifting through those Images for “fact”, i.e. that profile pic that supposedly represents how you look today when it was really taken 15 years and 70 pounds ago.
You know hell will be raised should THAT happen and there will be lots to go through.
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In listening to “Health Economist” Jonathan Gruber’s presentation of the “agenda” at the University of Pennsylvania, the arrogance is quite disturbing and the question that most comes to mind is… “Who elected YOU? Who the hell do you think YOU are?”
“What’s been great about this process is that it’s been a fairly intellectually honest process,” said Gruber.
Over the years, YouTube (Google) has answered the response-challenged left and had conservative videos and comments removed and users banned. The charge was usually something about engaging in “hate speech”.
If that’s the standard, how is it ISIS has a YouTube channel?
I guess YouTube didn’t want to discriminate against religion, right?
Graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed. If your video shows someone being physically hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don’t post it.
YouTube is not a shock site. Don’t post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock or disgust.
We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. But we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).
I’m not recommending you view any of these ISIS videos, but the productions are pretty slick. Not anything groundbreaking because anyone with a little money can buy a fast computer, purchase a variety of plug-in effects to be used in conjunction with an editing program and make terrorism look really epic and cool, lens flares and all.
And then post the video on YouTube.
Twitter isn’t any better…
Good thing these Islamic terrorists aren’t a Republican or Tea Party entity because they would have been banned days ago.
Memorial Day was just too controversial for Google to issue a customized logo for, unlike some of the other notables who were worthy of their recognition. Remember those who gave their lives for our country would have brought on an unnecessary conversation.
In 1962, former U.S. Bureau of Fisheries employee Rachel Carson published the book “Silent Spring” that contended the use of pesticides was killing off certain species of fish, bugs, trees, and was a carcinogen. She feared that the use of Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT) was upsetting the balance of nature to the point it would not recover.
Regardless of her good intentions, Rachel Carson displayed the typical arrogance. It’s amazing how some, especially today, believe that humans have that much power over the environment. Sure we can alter it. We do so by our very existence, however to assume the Earth cannot recover is the epitome of arrogance.
“Silent Spring” created such a public uproar DDT was banned.
The result? According to the World Health Organization, there are between 300 million and 500 million cases of malaria every year, resulting in more than one million deaths, with about 90% of these deaths occurring in Africa, mostly to children under the age of 5.
Still, the environmental movement must take partial responsibility for halting the use of what many health experts considered to be the greatest lifesaving chemical ever discovered — so great that its inventor, Dr. Paul Muller, was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1948.
– Joseph L. Bast, Peter J. Hill, and Richard C. Rue (Eco-Sanity, page 100)
It was all about good intentions. That’s all that matters.
Never pass on an opportunity to praise a liberal environmentalist, no matter how many (especially in Africa) have died because of her activism!