REPORT: Google, YouTube took down more than 300 pro-Trump ads

YouTube's CEO replied: "Our systems, our algorithms, they don't have any concept of understanding what's a Democrat, what's a Republican. They don't have any concept of political bias built into them in any way."

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December 02, 2019 - 9:09 am
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(KFTK) - Two of the most popular websites in the world – Google and YouTube – have been taking down hundreds of video advertisements for President Donald Trump in recent months, according to a CBS News "60 Minutes" report.

Reporter Lesley Stahl asked YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki if they took down any pro-Trump ads. 

"There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube," Wojcicki told CBS. "They're available in our transparency report."

60 Minutes reported after reviewing the archives, they found more than 300 video ads were taken down by Google and YouTube, mostly throughout the summer, for violating company policy. But the archives don't explain what policy was violated, if it was false information, bad grammar, copyright violations, and the ads we're not available for CBS to watch either. 

The "transparency report" from YouTube doesn't seem too transparent.

Stahl asked Wojcicki to explain why conservatives think YouTube discriminates against them.

Wojcicki replied: "Well, first of all there are lots of very successful conservative creators on YouTube... Our systems, our algorithms, they don't have any concept of understanding what's a Democrat, what's a Republican. They don't have any concept of political bias built into them in any way. And we do hear this criticism from all sides. We also have people who come from more liberal backgrounds who complain about discrimination. And so I think that no matter who you are, we are trying to enforce our policies in a consistent way for everybody."

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