Google bans ZeroHedge from ad platform due to protest coverage

Google bans ZeroHedge from ad platform due to protest coverage

Google confirmed today that it took issue with two conservative websites over comments sections that violated the company's policies on "dangerous and derogatory" content.

According to NBC News, Google's actions against the two sites came after it was notified of research conducted by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a United Kingdom nonprofit that "combats online hate and misinformation". "In this case, we've removed both sites' ability to monetize with Google".

NBC News was the first to report the bans, but the Google rep pushed back against the outlet's framing of the story.

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. The Federalist, which was co-founded by Ben Domenech, a conservative writer and husband to Meghan McCain, has published several articles condemning rioting and looting in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) tweeted, "@Google dominates the search business, they dominate the ad business, and now they want to dominate what you're allowed to think. Zero Hedge is running stories such as this one that describes police officers taking a knee as being forced to "cave to the mob", and this one suggesting the protests are actually fake outrage manufactured and driven by the Deep State.

Amid the pushback, Google denied the claims its own spokesperson had emailed to NBC. Google did not immediately say whether The Federalist was still in jeopardy of losing the platform.

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.

Google said The Federalist has since removed comments from its website after the company "worked with them to address issues on their site related to the comments section".

What they're saying: Google told NBC that its advertising platform has "strict publisher policies that govern the content ads can run on and explicitly prohibit derogatory content that promotes hatred, intolerance, violence or discrimination based on race from monetizing".

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