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Google's Trust in the SPLC Undermines Its Denials of Conservative Censorship

On Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai repeatedly denied that there is any political bias in the way he runs the company. In the same breath, however, he acknowledged that Google's YouTube considers the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a far-Left smear factory, a "trusted flagger." Conservative non-profits and a Ph.D. psychologist who monitors the influence of big tech blasted this hypocrisy.

"Google is a company that oversees 90 percent of the world's search traffic and yet lists the Southern Poverty Law Center as one of its 'trusted flaggers.' Keep in mind that this is the same SPLC that holds half of America in utter contempt," Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC), told PJ Media.

"If Google wants to avoid the censorship label, then partnering with the SPLC sends the opposite message," Boykin declared.

He would know. In 2012, a terrorist targeted the FRC, breaking in with semi-automatic weapons and a bag of Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches, intending to kill everyone in the building and place a sandwich by their heads. That terrorist later testified to the FBI that he took the FRC address from the SPLC's "hate map."

The SPLC lists mainstream conservative and Christian groups along with the Ku Klux Klan on their list of "hate groups." Earlier this year, they paid a $3.375 million settlement to a Muslim reformer, Maajid Nawaz, after falsely branding him an "anti-Islamic extremist." About 60 organizations are considering defamation lawsuits against the SPLC, which has openly admitted its "aim in life is to destroy these groups."

Undeterred, the SPLC launched a campaign urging social media companies to "Change the Terms" to silence dissent from their liberal agenda by branding conservative and Christian voices "hateful." (For instance, the SPLC has marked a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as illustrative of a "hate group," effectively branding 1 billion people with the "hate" label.)

"The SPLC is a political defamation machine that has little respect for freedom of thought and expression," the FRC's Boykin told PJ Media. "The SPLC wants an Internet that exists in an air-tight vacuum — one devoid of the oxygen of free exchange and democratic discourse." He decried the SPLC's efforts as "a demand to acquiesce to neo-Marxism."

"Google would do well to follow the example of the FBI, DOJ, U.S. Army and others who have parted ways with the SPLC," Boykin insisted.

Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), another group falsely maligned by the SPLC, agreed with Boykin.

"The problem is, they're relying on an unreliable source. The words 'trusted' and 'SPLC' are not compatible," Tedesco said. "There's a far-Left advocacy group that maligns people they disagree with."