It appears that Free Speech for conservatives is getting to be hard to come by. You have Twitter with its shadow bans and Facebook that purged conservative pages shortly after the Kavanaugh case last year.
But if that were not enough leaked audio reveals that Google is also looking to silence conservatives at least partially.
“Google’s senior director of U.S. public policy, Adam Kovacevich appeared to describe the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as a “sideshow Circus,” in a leaked audio recording in which he also argued that Google should remain a sponsor of the conference to “steer” the conservative movement “away from nationalistic and incendiary comments.”
Google claims the leaked audio is fake.
Key Clips from the leaked audio below featuring Adam Kovacevich explaining Google’s position on conservatives.
” I think, want probably — the majority of Googlers would want to steer conservatives and Republicans more towards a message of liberty and freedom and away from the more sort of nationalistic incendiary comments, nativist comments and things like that.”
“On the other hand, and sort of to get to the point of the dual identity, in recent years with CPAC there has also been this kind of sideshow circus-like element, right, that I think the CPAC organizers have intentionally cultivated sometimes, inviting outrageous figures that say incendiary and offensive things, I think in order to draw more attention and controversy to the conference. I want to be clear that we don’t agree with those things, right? We abhor and rebuke the offensive things that are said at the conference. Those things obviously don’t align with Google’s values and our approach. And I think that it’s challenging for us to reconcile those two identities of CPAC.”
Kovacevich was then asked whether they would be aligning their public images to appear more positive to conservatives.
“I think at a certain point our values are our values, right? Google stands for inclusiveness, we stand for tolerance, we stand for building products for everyone, and if certain outlets don’t like that, we are probably going to be at odds with them perpetually, right? On the other hand, sometimes some outlets and others just state blatant kind of mistruths, right, or they’ll shade something in sort of the most– you know, that has a legitimate explanation, they’ll shade something in sort of the most negative light possible, and that’s something that we try to avoid, if we can, consistent with our values.”
It appears like Google wants to decide what messages conservatives can spread. But they want to play the fence as they don’t want to appear bias since that could hurt their brand. It seems like free speech is becoming a tall order for conservatives.