Karan Bhatia, Google’s vice president of government affairs and public policy, was recently called to testify before Congress in order to explain his company’s troubling history of censorship and political bias.
During the hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Bhatia on numerous issues and examples of censorship, specifically YouTube’s censorship of conservative political analyst Dennis Prager.
One of the many videos by Prager that YouTube – a company owned by Google – chose to censor was a video on the Ten Commandments. When asked to explain why this video was censored, Bhatia said that it was because the video used the word “murder”.
This, of course, is a ridiculous explanation. if saying “thou shalt not murder” is enough to earn you censorship from Google, then no one on YouTube is safe.
It isn’t actually the word “murder” that Google has a problem with, though, but rather Prager himself and his conservative, Christian message. If they reach far enough, Google can find a reason to censor any video they please. Censoring a video on the Ten Commandments because it contains the word “murder” however, is reaching pretty far.
Here’s PragerU with more on the story.