There he goes again. World-renowned expert on everything he supports or opposes, Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google, is again using his playground to “crack down” on digital ads promoting “false climate change claims” — particularly accounts being used to make money from “such content,” hoping to limit revenue for climate “change deniers” and stop “the spread of misinformation on its platforms.”
Google will implement its ban on climate change denial ads next month, when world leaders are planning to attend a UN conference aimed at accelerating climate action.
The move increases pressure on ad rival Facebook to also crack down on climate misinfo.https://t.co/VaR3WzSUk2
— Corbin Hiar (@CorbinHiar) October 8, 2021
The company said Thursday in a blog post that the new policy will also apply to its YouTube platform, which last week announced a sweeping crackdown of vaccine misinformation, as reported by AP:
We’ve heard directly from a growing number of our advertising and publisher partners who have expressed concerns about ads that run alongside or promote inaccurate claims about climate change. Advertisers simply don’t want their ads to appear next to this content.
Ah, advertisers. Like Nike, Sundar? ExxonMobil? British Petroleum? The list is long, bud — that list being corporations where company policy echoes your policy. Then again, remember just two years ago when Google was caught making large contributions to so-called “climate deniers”? Me, too. That can be our little secret, Sundar — but here’s the thing. If you’re going to talk the talk, how ’bout you walk the walk, mmkay?
A new report reveals that, despite YouTube’s pledge to combat misinformation, the popular video site owned by Google has failed to crack down on this problem when it comes to climate change: https://t.co/nMPhwqd6Bt
— DeSmog UK (@DeSmogUK) January 17, 2020
Here’s more from AP:
Publishers and creators on YouTube “don’t want ads promoting these claims to appear on their pages or videos,” according to Google.
The restrictions “will prohibit ads for, and monetization of, content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change,” the blog post said.
Along with addressing publishers’ frustrations, the changes are also apparently intended to counter online influencers who monetize or make money from, YouTube videos promoting climate change denial theories by putting ads on them.
Limits will be placed on content calling climate change a hoax or denying that greenhouse gas emissions and human activity have contributed to the earth’s long-term warming, the company said.
Lisa Schipper, an environmental social science research fellow at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, posed part of the paramount question I’m posing, here — minus the snark:
“How will they determine what is misinformation (i.e. lies) or simply incomplete or misleading information?”
Correct. But what about “misinformation” that turns out to be fact? God knows examples abound — but we’ll get to them in a bit. Schipper continued, as transcribed by AP:
“In some ways, these types of adverts that suggest a different kind of truth might be even more damaging because they look innocuous, while they simultaneously serve to greenwash the company.”
OK, Lisa — enough from you.
Perhaps inadvertently, AP cited a Friday poll from The Pearson Institute and The Associated Press-National Opinion Research Center Center for Public Affairs Research (NORC), in an effort to support its support of Dorsey and Google. Among the poll’s findings:
Misinformation and the role that social media companies giants have in amplifying it has become a big concern for many people. Some 95% of Americans said misinformation is a problem when trying to access important information.
Americans agree misinformation is a problem — but few think they are part of the problem, according to a new poll from The Pearson Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (from @AP) https://t.co/2rJnqxZGU1
— Stephen Ohlemacher (@stephenatap) October 8, 2021
So, Sundar? AP? All that 95 percent of Americans don’t share your beliefs on much of anything, let alone “climate change.” Confused? Lemme help. (Hint: Fox News kicking ass on CNN and MSNBC combined. And as my colleague Becca Lower mentioned, Greg Gutfeld is mopping the floor with the networks’ woke, late night hosts for viewers.) From climate change to COVID and vaccinations to Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, critical race theory, and more. That list is long.
Moreover, most if not all of those opposing views have been proven true — and yours, false.
As I suggested earlier, examples of Google’s spread of misinformation — and blatant suppression of factual conservative content abound. Here are a few recent examples we’ve published on RedState:
Then, of course, there’s Sundar Pichai and his playground Twitter, and Mark Zuckerville and his playground, Facebook — Zuckerville. Never mind. I’ll dig into those cesspools another time.
Incidentally, if you’ve not yet checked out DuckDuckGo as an alternative to Google, I suggest you give it a drive around the block and compare/contrast results with Dorsey’s megalomaniacal left-wing nonsense.