Google-owned YouTube changed their search algorithm last week to suppress criticism of Disney’s “Captain Marvel” before its release on March 8th.
From The Verge on Friday:
If you searched “Brie Larson” on YouTube a couple of days ago, the top search results were calls for a boycott of Captain Marvel, and angry rants about Larson’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With one small change, YouTube made all of that disappear.
This week, YouTube recategorized “Brie Larson” as a news-worthy search term. That does one very important job: it makes the search algorithm surface videos from authoritative sources on a subject. Instead of videos from individual creators, YouTube responds with videos from Entertainment Tonight, ABC, CBS, CNN, and other news outlets first.
The algorithmic news tool was first rolled out in October 2017…
You can see their purge in action here:
This is kind of a fascinating discovery: YouTube seems to have changed the immediate “Brie Larson” search results to News. That pushes up authoritative sources and, in turn, pushes troll or MRA-style video rants pretty far down the page. Here’s what it was versus now. pic.twitter.com/ifw9JjXQie
— julia 🤔 alexander (@loudmouthjulia) March 7, 2019
Here’s those images:
In less than two years time they’ve gone from “we must suppress crisis actor conspiracy theories” to “we must suppress negative movie critiques of Disney propaganda films.”
— Allum Bokhari (@LibertarianBlue) February 26, 2019
— One Angry Gamer (@OneAngryGamerHD) March 10, 2019
“YouTube changed the results after I asked.”
Leftist Slate Reporter: YouTube ‘Changed Search Results’ For Abortion ‘After I Asked’ https://t.co/oSGvbdGoXz
— Chris Menahan 🇺🇸 (@infolibnews) December 22, 2018
In December 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai claimed in sworn testimony before congress that “we don’t manually intervene on any particular search result.”
Not only is Google manually intervening to suppress anti-establishment voices on the right and the left for their First Amendment-protected political views, but now they’re intervening to suppress negative movie critiques to secure film industry profits.