Google is known as the go-to search engine for many, but may soon be making news in its own way, by following the tactics of CNN in publicizing the targeting of Christian groups.
Recently, CNN followed the Southern Poverty Law Center’s example in publishing a list of “hate groups” across the country. Many on the list were Christian organizations, lumped in together by SPLC with radical groups.
CNN is not the only one to take a page out of the progressive group’s book. As the Daily Wire reported, Google is partnering with SPLC and other liberal groups and outlets, including ProPublica, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, Univision, and the Advocate. The partnership is for the Documenting Hate Project.
As described by Google:
The Documenting Hate News Index — built by the Google News Lab, data visualization studio Pitch Interactive and ProPublica — takes a raw feed of Google News articles from the past six months and uses the Google Cloud Natural Language API to create a visual tool to help reporters find news happening across the country. It’s a constantly-updating snapshot of data from this year, one which is valuable as a starting point to reporting on this area of news.
The Documenting Hate project launched in response to the lack of national data on hate crimes. While the FBI is required by law to collect data about hate crimes, the data is incomplete because local jurisdictions aren’t required to report incidents up to the federal government.
All of which underlines the value of the Documenting Hate Project, which is powered by a number of different news organisations and journalists who collect and verify reports of hate crimes and events. Documenting Hate is informed by both reports from members of the public and raw Google News data of stories from across the nation.
The new Index will help make this data easier to understand and visualize. It is one of the first visualisations to use machine learning to generate its content using the Google Natural Language API, which analyses text and extracts information about people, places, and events. In this case, it helps reporters by digging out locations, names and other useful data from the 3,000-plus news reports. The feed is updated every day, and goes back to February 2017.
Nothing is mentioned to assuage users about how an organization or outlet’s above bias will be put into check, a realistic concern when SPLC is involved.
Google has also given cause to worry. Recently, there was a much publicized firing of an employee who wrote a memo expressing his thoughts on gender diversity. Less publicized, however, was Google’s sponsorship of a pro-choice rally targeting a pregnancy center.
As the Daily Caller noted, “Saturday’s protest of an organization devoted to helping women and unborn children indicates that Google and Facebook are becoming more open in their support of left-wing political causes.”
The rally, took place on August 12 in Atlanta, the same day as the violence broke out in Charlottesville. It was part of a progressive conference known as Netroots Nation. Many marched that Saturday afternoon to protest the existence of Human Coalition’s Cura Atlanta Women’s Care Clinic.
Notable sponsors included Google and Facebook, as well as pro-choice groups like Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Reproaction, and Sister Song.
Reproaction had a web page dedicated to the protest, exclaiming that Cura Atlanta Women’s Care Clinic is “a fake clinic that targets women seeking abortion in Atlanta with a campaign of misinformation and serves as a model for targeting women elsewhere.”
As SPLC has targeted individuals and groups who disagree with them, Reproaction also alerts readers about Human Coalition’s Brian Fisher, while continuing to make claims about pregnancy centers, for “intentionally mislead[ing] women and shame abortion,” noting that Human Coalition is “working to enhance the predatory tactics used by crisis pregnancy centers, giving them tools to reach more women with some seriously scary strategies.”
Protesters also let their tactics known with tweets of their rallying.
— Asher Huey (@asherhuey) August 12, 2017
— (((Ethan Miller))) (@ESMiller59) August 12, 2017
NARAL also advertised their presence on Twitter. The rally didn’t prevent them from calling out pro-lifers though by connecting them to white supremacists, following the violence in Charlottesville.
— NARAL (@NARAL) August 12, 2017
In sponsoring Netroots Nation, Google acted alongside groups which would target pregnancy centers and equate pro-lifers to violent white supremacists. Continuing to take direction from progressive groups with such tactics is something worth watching.
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