How Google’s China project undermines its claims to political neutrality

On Wednesday, an 85-page document leaked to Breitbart News. Titled “The Good Censor,” it’s a presentation that traces the evolution of content moderation on tech platforms to the present day. The document is more descriptive than it is prescriptive, aiming to capture the current debate rather than influence Google’s leadership directly. Still, in speaking frankly about Google’s role as a censor, the document — which you can read in its entirety here — could fuel new calls to rein in platforms’ power.

First, some context. The presentation was put together in March of this year by something called Brand Studio, which describes itself as “Google’s internal think tank that uses creativity, media, and technology to create experiences that…

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