I’ve been a video journalist for most of my adult life, getting my start as a staffer for Jim Cramer’s financial news web site on Wall Street nearly a decade ago, and we poured quite a bit of effort into our YouTube channel here at FULCRUM — which had 170,000 subscribers at its height, before Google banned it and deleted the 500+ videos and interviews uploaded there.
After the election of President Donald J. Trump, I was assigned without asking for one a “YouTube liaison” to help me with any concerns — so I thought at the time, at least — since our channel was becoming high traffic and “influential,” according to Google.
This Google executive, Melissa Tecson, pretended to care as painful “de-monetization” ratcheted up against our channel, then stopped replying altogether after Google summarily decided one day to delete the channel and every video uploaded to it.
We wanted to know why we were banned, and what we could do to get back in good standing with the platform, but Melissa went dark — just ignored us as if we no longer existed, and to many, we no longer did!
In the wake of this bizarre deletion, some of our supporters began to look into Melissa Tecson — a San Francisco-based Google executive with close personal ties to Beijing, China — and we are resurfacing much of that research here, today, for the benefit of our audience.
Additionally, we believe this information will be taken more seriously by folks in Washington, now that the United States Department of Justice has opened a formal anti-trust inquiry into Google, and its politicized censorship practices.
Researchers combed through Tecson’s Instagram and Twitter profiles, both of which were public at the time. In the hours after we began publishing information about Tecson, she took her Instagram private and completely deleted her Twitter account. On her Twitter profile at the time, her description said she was “Tryin’ hard not to get into trouble, but I’ve got a war in my mind.”
In light of her known connections to Beijing and to radical social justice causes here in the United States, what does that mean?
Google’s bias against Trump and his base has been well demonstrated at this point, with the President himself recently tweeting that Google’s algorithmic bias may have swayed millions of votes in 2016.
Does this person have something personally against supporters of the President of the United States? To this day, we have no idea why our channel was wiped — aside from our political views, and strong support of President Trump.
Why is a crucial publicly traded American tech company — worth approximately US $820 billion at today’s stock market value, and reaching billions of users each month — unilaterally leaving its content decisions to a radical with known ties to Beijing?
Do they consider this to be transparency?
And why does Google have, to this day, no answer as to why we were deleted from their platform?
It’s a different world than it was then, and thankfully other tech giants have not treated FULCRUM in such a bizarre manner. Our truthful news content on Facebook regularly goes viral, with our weekly “reach” now above 110,000 views. And our Twitter reached an estimated 1.45 million over the last month, thanks to retweets and shares from our growing audience.
None of these Big Tech companies appear to love Trump or his supporters, but Google seems to be the worst offender by far. We reach zero people on YouTube, because we are still banned from publishing video news content there.
This Fall in Washington, FULCRUM News will make Melissa Tecson and her peers a research priority. Authorities at the DOJ and elsewhere need to do a proper peek into the human beings at Google — biased individuals — making censorship decisions that affect millions of us. -DS