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Google Censors John Stossel Video About Socialist Violence

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In an apparent effort to protect the idea that collectivism is a viable economic policy proposal, Libertarian pundit John Stossel said that Google censored his video on the ills of Socialism.

“This morning Google told me that it would not allow my YouTube video “Socialism Leads to Violence” to be viewed by young people,” he said in a Townhall column. “It violates ‘community guidelines,’ said the company in a computer-generated email.”

Google is the owner of YouTube.

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Stossel speculated that Google could be harboring anti-capitalist bias, and that it could be built into the very algorithms that dictate what internet users see when they run an internet search.

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“Google’s power comes from its dominant search engine. We assume that whatever appears at the top of our searches is the ‘best’ or most popular result. But is it?” Stossel wondered.

Peter Schweizer, author of the book “Clinton Cash” which was also turned into a documentary film, recently released a new documentary on Google’s apparent effort to censor conservative ideas, called “The Creepy Line.”

“It is a company that has an agenda,” Schweizer told Stossel. “Their ability to manipulate the algorithm is something that they’ve demonstrated.

Schweizer cited the fact that Google prioritized positive stories about Hillary R. Clinton during her failed presidential run in 2016.

“Human ‘content monitors’ do some of that censoring, and some of them despise conservatives,” according to Stossel. “A former Facebook employee reported that the human censors sometimes ignored stories trending among Facebook users if the stories came from a conservative website.”

Stossel said that he started a TV channel, “Stossel TV” to educate young people about capitalism, but that it will be a huge “setback” if his YouTube videos are censored.

“My purpose in making the videos is to reach kids, to educate them about the benefits of free markets,” he said. “It’s why I started StosselInTheClassroom.org, a nonprofit that provides videos, plus teachers’ guides, free to teachers.”

“If Google and Facebook decide adults should be ‘protected’ from seeing those videos, too, then ‘Stossel TV’ will go dark.”

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Trump Administration Warming to Prospect of Second TrumpBux Payment

Trump had earlier considered a payroll tax.

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President Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that he supports a second round of direct ‘TrumpBux’ payments to individuals, a stimulus measure first utilized in March to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus recession. Most U.S. taxpayers have already received a $1,200 payment from the federal government as part of the CARES Act.

When asked about the prospect of another round of payments, the President said “I think we’re going to be helping people out” and “getting some money for them.” The fourth round of coronavirus economic stimulus legislation is likely to be the last, if it’s even enacted at all, and the President said that he supports “one more nice shot” to stimulate the economy.

Senior Trump administration officials such as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and economic advisor Kevin Hassett signaling their support for the proposal, with the former stating that he sees a “strong likelihood” the national economy will require an additional supplement of the form of stimulus.

The Trump administration appeared to be initially considering a round of payroll tax cuts as an alternative to another TrumpBux, with some questioning how such a policy would benefit the millions of Americans in industries such as the energy sector who have lost their paychecks as a result of the recession.

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Congressional Democrats have attempted to ram through a sham stimulus 4.0 package filled with a progressive policy wishlist, including a provision that would grant amnesty to several million illegal immigrants. Senate Republicans and the White House essentially confirmed that the legislation was dead on arrival after passing the house.

However, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has accepted the concept of a fourth stimulus package after raising fiscal concerns, making it likely that House Democrats will concede enough to pass a politically acceptable bill through the House. It’s possible that the parties will battle over the notion of bailing out state governments, with Republicans preferring to use resources providing payments to individuals.

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