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YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant

YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant

A year ago, Susan Wojcicki was on stage to defend YouTube. Her company, hammered for months for fueling falsehoods online, was reeling from another flare-up involving a conspiracy theory video about the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that suggested the victims were “crisis actors.” Wojcicki, YouTube’s chief executive officer, is a reluctant public ambassador, but she was in Austin at the South by Southwest conference to unveil a solution that she hoped would help quell conspiracy theories: a tiny text box from websites like Wikipedia that would sit below videos that questioned...

April 2, 2019
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Google Pulls Down Political Ads as Candidates Keep Pushing Limits

Google Pulls Down Political Ads as Candidates Keep Pushing Limits

Google has rejected dozens of ads from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for violating its ad policies in the week leading up to Super Tuesday, as well as a Bernie Sanders ad and two from a political action committee supporting Joe Biden, according to data released by the company Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Alphabet Inc.’s Google declined to comment on its decision to remove any specific ads. It has removed the content from its database of political ads, so it’s impossible to know exactly what rules were broken. The company has a policy against making a “false claim” in a political ad,...

March 4, 2020
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