NBC pushed Google to deny ad platform to Federalist, ZeroHedge; numerous story updates ensued

NBC pushed Google to deny ad platform to Federalist, ZeroHedge; numerous story updates ensued
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[Ed. – Fox has the best summary on this, so visit the link if you want the blow-by-blow.  The bottom line at this posting is that Google has not denied the Google Ads platform to the Federalist.  (I don’t have a bead on ZeroHedge.)  Google issued a warning and The Federalist agreed to remove content – because it was a reader comment.  We still don’t know what the article was – at either site – where the “offending” material occurred.  We don’t know what the removed content was.]

NBC News is facing intense backlash for apparently influencing Google to punish two conservative news sites over what was deemed offensive coverage of the George Floyd protests.

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Google later addressed the controversy and appeared to debunk some of NBC News’ reporting.

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“The Federalist was never demonetized,” Google Communications tweeted. “We worked with them to address issues on their site related to the comments section. Our policies do not allow ads to run against dangerous or derogatory content, which includes comments on sites, and we offer guidance and best practices to publishers on how to comply.”

A Google spokesperson reiterated to Fox News, “To be clear, The Federalist is not currently demonetized. We do have strict publisher policies that govern the content ads can run on, which includes comments on the site. This is a longstanding policy.”

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