While I’m sure this is all just a big coincidence, it seems that both Google and Youtube have been removing advertisements from the Trump 2020 campaign by the truckload. During an interview with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki for Sixty Minutes, she talked to Lesley Stahl about the company’s policies and how advertisements that violate them can result in the ads being removed. While Wojcicki cited some generic examples, Stahl was particularly interested in one topic. Had they removed any of Trump’s ads?
The answer, of course, was yes. And there were literally hundreds of examples. Unfortunately, details and specifics of when, how and why it was done were few and far between. (CBS News)
60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Wojcicki, “Have you taken down any of President Trump’s ads at all?” YouTube’s CEO responded, “There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube.” When pressed for an example, Wojcicki added, “Well, they’re available in our transparency report.”
60 Minutes reviewed the archive to learn more about President Trump’s problematic political ads. We found that over 300 video ads were taken down by Google and YouTube, mostly over the summer, for violating company policy. But the archive doesn’t detail what policy was violated. Was it copyright violation? A lie or extreme inaccuracy? Faulty grammar? Bad punctuation? It’s unclear. The ads determined to be offending are not available to be screened.