Ethics watchdog and shareholder for Google’s parent corporation Alphabet, The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) demanded Google cough up its records of banning content on behalf of the Biden administration.
As the so-called science, policies and censorship rules have flip-flopped during the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans have expressed concern about how major platforms have censored speech that turned out to be true.
“The National Legal and Policy Center, an ethics watchdog group that holds a voting stake in Google and YouTube's parent corporation Alphabet, submitted the shareholder proposal to the company this week, following a string of controversies over Google and YouTube's removal of videos that question the Biden administration's COVID-19 policies,” The Washington Free Beacon reported Jan. 8. “The proposed disclosure requirement could shed light on whether the administration has directed tech companies to remove information that it deems misleading, a scenario that raises concerns about government censorship.”
The Free Beacon reportedly obtained “a copy of a shareholder proposal” and recounted how “the White House said it was ‘in regular touch’ with social media platforms to discuss ways to combat ‘misinformation’ online.”
If the proposal passes, Alphabet and its branch companies such as Google and YouTube would have to turn over specified and perhaps politically damning information: "an itemized listing of such take-down requests, including the name and title of the official making the request, the nature and scope of the request, the date of the request, the outcome of the request, and a reason or rationale for the Company's response, or lack thereof."
For more details on the proposal, watch the TechShark video above and click here.