YouTube doesn’t have an ideological bent (see EXPOSED: YouTube’s Newest Censorship Plot! and Youtube Bans Gun Site Brownells Channel Without Explanation). At least according to YouTube. So I’m sure if a conservative writer called the company to complain about search results, the non-biased engineers would get right to fixing it. Like they did when this Slate writer complained that abortion search results were too pro-life.
YouTube has apparently changed the search results on its site for the term “abortion” after Slate writer April Glaser contacted the company last Friday to ask “why anti-abortion videos saturated the search results for ‘abortion,’ and if the platform thought accurate, health-focused information had a place there.”
I guess “health-focused information” for Ms Glaser doesn’t include actual facts about how abortion results in a butchered baby.
Glaser reports that, by this past week, “anti-abortion content meant to enrage or provoke viewers was no longer purely dominating the results” on the site. According to Glaser, YouTube did not tell her whether or how it tweaked the results for “abortion,” but “stressed that the company is working to provide more credible news content from its search and discovery algorithms.”
At this point, you can’t even be outraged. I’m more impressed the company isn’t even hiding it. It’s good when the opposition makes it clear who they really are. Bottom line, get ready for 2019.
Abortion isn’t a pretty topic. It isn’t a pretty procedure. Therefore it doesn’t have pretty results. Not just limited to the physical toll it takes on a baby resulting in the baby’s death. Abortion ruins the lives of mothers and fathers. So the search results on Google or YouTube are going to reflect the ugliness of abortion. No amount of complaining from Slate will change that.
One algorithm switcherooni isn’t going to fix everything. Even though 2018 did its best to make it so.