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I don&rsquo;t know.<br />\n But a new documentary, &ldquo;The Creepy Line,&rdquo; argues that companies like Google and Facebook lean left and have power they shouldn&rsquo;t have.</p>\n<p> THE TITLE &ldquo;Creepy Line&rdquo; refers to a comment by former Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who said when it comes to issues like privacy, Google policy &ldquo;is to get right up to the creepy line but not cross it.&rdquo;<br />\n But the documentary argues that Google crosses that creepy line every day.<br />\n Google&rsquo;s power comes from its dominant search engine. We assume that whatever appears at the top of our searches is the &ldquo;best&rdquo; or most popular result.<br />\n But is it?<br />\n &ldquo;It is a company that has an agenda,&rdquo; the writer of &ldquo;The Creepy Line,&rdquo; Peter Schweizer, says in my latest video.<br />\n Google executives do give much more money to Democrats than Republicans. Eric Schmidt even advised Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s presidential campaign.<br />\n &ldquo;Their ability to manipulate the algorithm is something that they&rsquo;ve demonstrated,&rdquo; says Schweizer, and last election Google put positive stories about Hillary Clinton higher in Google searches.<br />\n But that doesn&rsquo;t prove Google bias. It could be because the media lean left, and &ldquo;unbiased&rdquo; algorithms rely on links to popular media.<br />\n &ldquo;But they&rsquo;re not using unbiased algorithms to do things like search for unacceptable content,&rdquo; says psychologist Jordan Peterson in the documentary. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re built specifically to filter out whatever&rsquo;s bad.&rdquo;<br />\n True. Mark Zuckerberg testified that Facebook actively filters out &ldquo;hate speech, terrorist content, nudity, anything that makes people feel unsafe.&rdquo;<br />\n Human &ldquo;content monitors&rdquo; do some of that censoring, and some of them despise conservatives. A former Facebook employee reported that the human censors sometimes ignored stories trending among Facebook users if the stories came from a conservative website.<br />\n Google&rsquo;s censors briefly shut down Jordan Peterson&rsquo;s Gmail and blocked his YouTube channel (Google owns YouTube).<br />\n &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a real problem,&rdquo; says Peterson in &ldquo;The Creepy Line.&rdquo; &ldquo;You come to rely on these things, and when the plug is pulled suddenly, that puts a big hole into your life.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> IT DOES. My TV channel, &ldquo;Stossel TV,&rdquo; will survive if YouTube won&rsquo;t let young people watch some of my videos, but it&rsquo;s a big setback.<br />\n My purpose in making the videos is to reach kids, to educate them about the benefits of free markets. It&rsquo;s why I started StosselInTheClassroom.org, a nonprofit that provides videos, plus teachers&rsquo; guides, free to teachers.<br />\n If Google and Facebook decide adults should be &ldquo;protected&rdquo; from seeing those videos, too, then &ldquo;Stossel TV&rdquo; will go dark.<br />\n As Peterson says in the documentary, &ldquo;Whatever the assumptions are that Google operates under are going to be the filters that determine how the world is simplified and presented.&rdquo;<br />\n We asked Google and Facebook to reply to accusations of censorship made by &ldquo;The Creepy Line&rdquo; and to explain why YouTube restricted my anti-socialism video but allows other videos that include violence. So far, they haven&rsquo;t replied to questions about bias, but right before this column&rsquo;s deadline, Google emailed us saying they will remove the age restriction on my video. Good.<br />\n If social media companies do censor, what can be done about it?<br />\n &ldquo;Put them under the same shackles as other media companies,&rdquo; Peter Schweizer told me.<br />\n Shackles? But that&rsquo;s not good. Regulation means innovators must ask bureaucrats for permission to try new things.<br />\n It&rsquo;s no accident that wonderful services like Google and Facebook (I do love them &mdash; despite what they may do to me) were developed in the parts of America farthest from Washington, D.C. It was all &ldquo;permissionless&rdquo; innovation.<br />\n Certainly, politicians aren&rsquo;t qualified to regulate the internet. When a congressional committee grilled Facebook&rsquo;s Zuckerberg, Sen. Orrin Hatch didn&rsquo;t even know that Facebook funds itself with ads. &ldquo;How do you sustain a business model in which users don&rsquo;t pay for your service?&rdquo; he asked.<br />\n I don&rsquo;t presume to know what, if anything, should be done to make sure Facebook and Google &ldquo;don&rsquo;t do evil.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> I ASSUME government, as usual, should do nothing. Market competition may address the problem.<br />\n But &ldquo;The Creepy Line&rdquo; makes a compelling case that a small number of people at a few Silicon Valley companies have tremendous power to do creepy things.</p>\n', created = 1576161367, expire = 1576247767, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:5370e7f7604ca1f421f0f551ed95db6d' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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The Creepy Line

TECH CENSORSHIP: December 5, 2018

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