Google Says It Mistakenly Disallowed A Conservative Group’s Climate Change Video
Google said it “mistakenly disapproved” a video advertisement about radical climate-change ideology by Capital Research Center (CRC), a conservative think tank.
CRC President Scott Walter told the Daily Caller News Foundation that on Oct. 3, Google refused CRC’s request for its video, uploaded Sept. 23, to be advertised on the platform.
Google initially labeled the video titled “How Far Should We Go To Stop Climate Change?” as “disapproved” for “dangerous or derogatory content” because of a link attached to the video that leads to a CRC article criticizing Ted Kaczynski, or the “Unabomber” who killed three people and injured 23 others.
CRC eventually decided to remove its article link from the video so it could be advertised. Google told the DCNF the video was “mistakenly disapproved” as an advertisement because of the Unabomber link.
“This ad was mistakenly disapproved because it linked to an article about the terrorist Ted Kaczynski. The ad is now approved, and an ad using the same video but linking to a different site has been running for several weeks without issue,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
Google defines “dangerous or derogatory content” as material that incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, disparages, harasses, intimidates, bullies, threatens, exploits or advocates for physical or mental harm of certain individuals or groups of people, according to its advertisement policies.
Content that falls under the “physical or mental harm” category includes videos “made by or in support of terrorist groups, or content that promotes terrorist acts, including recruitment, or that celebrates terrorist attacks.”
While the article linked to the CRC video is critical of Kaczynski’s ideals, it stated, “Kaczynski is many unpleasant things, but insane isn’t one of them.”
It adds, however, that radical climate activists like Kaczynski “preach non-violence, but their mostly identical desire to vandalize and ultimately obliterate the global economy is no less sincere.”
The video also mentions the Unabomber, though Google did not take issue with what was said in the video.
“The Unabomber Ted Kaczynski argued that industry is destroying humanity and only a return to a pre-industrial state of nature will save us. Today’s activists aren’t mailing bombs the way Kaczynski did, but they seem to believe the same far-fetched idea,” the video stated.
After requesting that Google review its decision to disapprove of the video, CRC’s video producer, Jake Klein, said he spoke with a Google representative who told him Google objected to the linked article’s use of the term “eco-radical” and its criticism of Kaczynski.
The Google representative specifically pointed out the “eco-radicals” phrase and a summary description of the article during the phone call.
“The word that is ‘eco-radicals,’ and there is a summary that says another environmentalist group is hard at work [inaudible] … as well as there was an image on the landing page, which has a sub-headline that says, ‘Industrial capitalism is destroying humanity,’ and that ‘only a return to a pre-industrial state of nature will save us.’ This content has been highlighted as the reason for [the ‘dangerous’ label],” the spokesperson explained, according to audio Klein provided to the DCNF.
“So it’s not the video itself — it’s the article it links to it and the summary section that says ‘another environmentalism group is hard at work disturbing the peace and proselytizing a new world order destined to save the environment … ‘ That’s the part that is the problem?” Klein asked.
The representative confirmed the article was the reason behind Google’s label and added that “any person that you’re criticizing would be falling under this category — any person — even if it’s about a criminal or something like that.”
“So, even if they’re a serial killer, we can’t criticize their views. That’s the position?” Klein asked, which the representative confirmed, according to the call Klein provided.
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