“In May 2018, Ireland overwhelmingly voted to abolish constitutional restrictions on abortion. The referendum received considerable media coverage worldwide, and YouTube, along with its parent company, Google, had publicly suspended all campaign ads ahead of the vote. This was done in pursuit of “election integrity efforts globally,” Google said at the time.
However, an internal document, leaked by right-wing media transparency group Project Veritas on Wednesday, showed that YouTube went not only after paid political ads but certain keywords and search queries as well.
The document lays out a series of blacklisted queries like “abortion is wrong,”“abortion is murdering,”“murdering of innocent babies,” and “abortion and Pope Francis.” The words “pro-life” and “pro-choice” also appear on the list along with other phrases, tied to the topic of abortion and specific issues of the 2018 campaign in Ireland.
The existence of the abortion-themed blacklist was confirmed by Breitbart News, which cited an unnamed former Google employee. The source said that the video-hosting giant added “120 abortion entries” to the search blacklist just seven days before the vote…”