Silicon Valley Strikes Again: Google Takes Down Conservative App After Controversial Documentary

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In a recent display of the ongoing tension between Big Tech and conservative media, Google has once again demonstrated its power to regulate freedom of speech, particularly when it comes to content produced by right-leaning outlets.

This time, the tech behemoth briefly removed the PragerU app from the Google Play store, citing concerns over a documentary that criticizes radical Islamism.

As reported by Breitbart, the documentary in question, titled "Dear Infidels: A Warning to America," is a 21-minute film that highlights the rise of anti-American rhetoric and violence in cities and universities, attributing it to a religious war against the West. The film features interviews with former Navy SEALs, Arab-Israelis, and Palestinians who have escaped the oppressive ideologies of Islamist groups such as Hamas.

Google justified the removal of the PragerU app by citing its policy against "hate speech." In a letter to PragerU, Google stated, "We dont allow apps that promote violence, or incite hatred against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or any other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization."

PragerU, however, has countered this claim, stating that sharing the experiences of a former Palestinian refugee, an Arab Muslim born in Israel, and U.S. Navy SEALs who have witnessed the horrors of Muslim extremism does not constitute hate speech. The conservative outlet, founded by radio icon Dennis Prager, has accused Google of attempting to silence the truth and censor speech.

In response to the app's removal, PragerU called for donations to help counter these attacks, expand its reach on other platforms, and continue its mission to educate and inspire Americans with the truth. The ban not only served as a fundraising opportunity for PragerU but also sparked significant backlash on social media.

Interestingly, the ban seems to have inadvertently drawn more attention to the documentary, a phenomenon known as the Streisand effect. The film, which was relatively unknown before the ban, has now garnered over 1.1 million views on YouTube. Following the backlash, Google reinstated the PragerU app on the Google Play store after a "further re-review."

Craig Strazzeri, chief marketing officer for PragerU, commented on the incident, stating, "Google continues to demonstrate how powerful and dangerous they are by censoring ideas they dont agree with. This is truly a David vs. Goliath battle. I think they expect us to just give up and not fight, but little do they know, we at PragerU refuse to be silenced. When it comes to fighting for the values and freedoms that have made this country great, we will never stop."

Despite the reinstatement of the PragerU app, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the power Big Tech companies like Google, Meta, and Apple wield over the reach of conservative media. It underscores the ongoing struggle between these tech giants and any source that dares to challenge their narrative. The war against conservative voices continues to rage, with Silicon Valley acting as the gatekeeper of information.