by Frank Miniter - Monday, August 21, 2017
We know Google doesn’t “allow the promotion of some products or services that cause damage, harm or injury.” Google’s list of banned products for promotion includes guns or, as Google puts it, “[f]unctional devices that appear to discharge a projectile at high velocity, whether for sport, self-defense or combat.” The company also bans ads and other promotions for ammunition.
We know Google recently fired an engineer, James Damore, for publishing a 10-page memo on an internal company bulletin board that was set up for employees to express opinions. Damore’s paper says that Google’s “left bias” has created a “politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence.”
“There are certain dogmas you really can’t dissent against at Google,” said Damore to Tucker Carlson on FOX News. Damore also said he didn’t think he would be fired for “trying to improve Google.”
We know that a handful of big tech companies are growing into market-commanding industrial giants that bring to mind early 20th century titans like William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951).
In this new reality, tech companies are even dictating the format of news that appears online.In the last quarter Google alone reported $17.7 billion in ad revenue—Google’s quarterly earnings reports have been going up since 2011.
We know Google is negotiating with news and information companies, such as Time Inc. and CNN, says Bloomberg, to make news content that fits in with Google’s views. The idea, reported by the Wall Street Journal, is to circulate people from Google to “allied organizations’ articles, photos and video.”
We know that tech companies like Google are already making news organizations kneel before them. Today, news organizations post content in ways that are specifically tailored to doing well in Google’s search rankings.
In this new reality, tech companies are even dictating the format of news that appears online. They are too big to ignore.
A lot of social scientists have even noted that Google has the power to shape what millions of Americans think.
In 2015, Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, did a study on how Google’s secret algorithm can influence voters. He published the results in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and says it includes the results of experiments conducted with more than 4,500 participants in two countries.
In an article in Politico, Epstein said the study determined that Google can “control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs … [more] than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated. …”
So here we have a company, Google, that is hardly pro-gun and that adheres to a politically correct, elitist view of the world that can, and arguably already is, shaping opinions across America and the world.
Facebook also bans ads for guns, and many people have noted that they’ve been tossed off Facebook for espousing politically incorrect views.
Their political views—and how they shun those who don’t share them—are pushed across those platforms.Like shout-downs of conservative thinkers on college campuses, this power to shun certain views while promoting others might easily become a pervasive censorship designed to turn American minds against, in the case of the Second Amendment, their own freedom.
Liberalism used to be almost solely anchored in the media centers of New York and Washington, D.C., and a good but shrinking portion still is. But now the Left’s doctrines are increasingly being centralized into the hands of a few people who live in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, known as “Silicon Valley.” This one tiny progressive enclave controls the huge social-media machines of Google, Facebook, Twitter and more. They control the messaging for how the young, and even many of those who are older, get their news. Their political views—and how they shun those who don’t share them—are pushed across those platforms.
Lately YouTube, owned by Google, has been demonetizing politically incorrect content. Facebook and Twitter have also banned people and deleted photos showing game legally killed by hunters as they expand their politically correct doctrine.
That’s fine as far as these are private companies, but we have to understand how much influence these people, who basically all live in one congressional district, are having on us.Frank Miniter is the author of Kill Big Brother, a novel that shows how to keep government from infringing on our liberties. Miniter is also the author of the The New York Times' bestseller The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide—Recovering the Lost Art of Manhood, This Will Make a Man of You and The Future of the Gun. He is a contributor to Forbes and writes for many publications. His website is FrankMiniter.com.
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