IAP Statement on Google’s Censorship of Outkick

August 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — Mike Davis, Founder and President of the Internet Accountability Project, issued the following statement after YouTube and its parent company, Google, censored Outkick’s Tomi Lahren after she shared her views on the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Google’s outrageous decision to censor Outkick and Tomi Lahren for expressing her views on COVID vaccines shouldn’t come as a surprise. Google’s online video monopoly (YouTube) allows it to pick and choose viewpoints to censor or promote based on politics or pressure from the Biden administration, not consumer choice as expressed through market competition. The censorship czars at Google shouldn’t have the power to determine which political views Americans are able to access online. If YouTube and Google were competitors, instead of one company after Google’s acquisition of YouTube, neither company would censor Lahren or Outkick because they would be competing for conservative consumers. The marketplace of ideas cannot truly succeed as long as Big Tech oligarchs like Google have their finger on the censorship button, with nobody to hold them accountable. It’s long past time to break up Big Tech and allow the free exchange of viewpoints online,” said Davis.

IAP is a nonprofit conservative advocacy group that holds Big Tech accountable for engaging in egregious business practices like snooping, spying, political bias against conservatives, employee abuses and anticompetitive conduct. Davis previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and led the Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of circuit court judges. More information on Davis and IAP can be found here.


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