March 3, 2018

Google Shopping Briefly and Clumsily Shuts Down Access to Firearms

Though clumsy and quickly withdrawn, the company made it clearer than ever that its interest in advancing leftist agendas, even in (or especially in) news is more important than serving all potential law-abiding customers and ensuring ”comprehensive, impartial, and based solely on relevance” search results.

The Washington Examiner (HT Bearing Arms) covered the botched effort on Tuesday:

In the wake of the Florida school shooting, Google decided to take a stand. The gatekeeper of the Internet decided to filter shopping searches that included the term “gun.” It didn’t go so well.

Early Tuesday morning, Internet shoppers started noticing and documenting the digital gaffes. Users received error notices when they searched for glue guns and water guns, toy guns and airsoft guns, nail guns and nerf guns. The algorithm is apparently so strict that even the color “burgundy” triggered an error because it includes “gun” in the spelling.

(One user) found that Google now censors “Laguna Beach”:


(Another user) noticed that a search for American hard-rock super-group Velvet Revolver did not return any results. Neither did searches for the Sex Pistols, the Indianapolis Colts, or the word “trifle.”

… The benevolent nanny nerds at Google quickly began cleaning up their mistake. Many of the search terms had been restored by the early evening, but not before an important lesson was learned: Attempts to coddle adults will always backfire.

That assessment is far too optimistic. The non-benevolent “nanny nerds at Google” likely learned that they need to censor “undesirable” content more discreetly.

James Damore’s employment discrimination filing exposed Google’s corporate culture as no longer even feigns neutrality, revealing “nothing short of the psychologies of totalitarianism in their timeless forms.”

Google has placed its politically correct thumb on the scale in many other areas.

Just one example, as reported at the Daily Caller Tuesday:

The Southern Poverty Law Center is assisting YouTube in policing content on their platform …

The left-wing nonprofit — which has more recently come under fire for labeling legitimate conservative organizations as “hate groups” — is one of the more than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies in YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers” program …

Thursday, the Daily Caller noted that SPLC “confirmed their participation” in YouTube’s effort.

As I noted Friday at NewsBusters, the SPLC has expanded its center-right smear targets to include Helen Smith, author of Men on Strike, and American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, who wrote The War on BoysWho Stole Feminism?, and opposes “gender feminism.”

SPLC’s participation in YouTube’s censorship brigade supports the notion that the group, with Google’s active support, has the ability to banish these women and others who hold similar views from YouTube.

Meanwhile, the establishment press either ignores or openly supports these efforts, because Google consider them “reliable sources.”

Voting with one’s fingers and wallet to avoid Google’s products and services would appear to be the only way the average person can fight this censorship.



  1. Which bears reaching back to our previous comments:

    Given Youtube’s censorship it is time to highlight the alternatives to them as well.

    Comment by dscott — March 4, 2018 @ 9:01 am

  2. I’ve gone to Vimeo, though I noticed that they also removed a video YouTube had earlier removed. If it’s a habit, I’m going to have to go somewhere else — again.

    Comment by Tom — March 4, 2018 @ 10:10 am

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