Project Veritas Documents Confirm Breitbart News Reporting on YouTube Blacklists

Breitbart | 6/27/2019 | Ben Kew
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Documents leaked to Project Veritas show how YouTube created a blacklist for search terms related to last year’s referendum in Ireland on the legality of abortion, confirming past reporting by Breitbart News that Google regularly manipulates its algorithms for “politically sensitive” content and employs blacklists on YouTube to manipulate video search results.

The document, the latest within a tranche of leaks obtained by James O’Keefe’s investigative organization Project Veritas, appears to show a series of search terms blacklisted by the company in the run-up to Ireland’s referendum on the 8th Amendment last May.

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Some of the blacklisted terms set out in the document, entitled “youtube_controversial_query_blacklist,” include “abortion is wrong,” “save the eighth,” and “pro-life.”

It is unclear exactly how Google manipulated searches for the aforementioned terms, although given the company’s extensively documented hostility towards the pro-life movement, it is unlikely that the blacklist was created with the aim of guaranteeing the company’s political neutrality in the run-up to last year’s referendum.

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“On Monday Project Veritas released a viral investigation that raised questions of Google’s interference in American elections,” O’Keefe said of the document’s publication. “This new document shows their subsidiary, YouTube, appeared to have attempted to influence elections in Ireland.”

In the run-up to the vote, Google publicly announced that it had suspended all advertising connected to the...
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