The news media have been working to suppress global climate change — what the left used to call global warming — skepticism for many years, and now some social media and Big Tech companies are doing their part.
Skeptics say their content was fact-checked and outfitted with warnings to make their content look erroneous or misleading. They also say Google searches for their names bring up negative results and attacks on them more often than positive information, and some have struggled to get ads and promotional content approved on multiple platforms. PragerU said several of its climate and environmental videos were among 50 that YouTube restricted or demonetized.
Despite conservative complaints, liberals want more censorship and suppression of conservative views about science and climate change. Former Democratic presidential candidate and donor Tom Steyer and Clinton insider John Podesta urged the new Facebook Oversight Board to restrict the CO2 Coalition’s efforts on the platform in July 2020. The liberal group, calling itself Climate Power, wrote to Facebook demanding it close a loophole that allowed some climate skepticism to appear as “opinion,” rather than being flagged or blocked.
The CO2 Coalition responded by challenging Climate Power to debate the issue and prove their derogatory use of the label “climate deniers.”
“We ask each of the 15 signatories to Climate Power 2020’s letter to identify a single denial of a scientific or economic fact in our publications or public statements. Surely some of the answers will involve climate models. Even though model projections are more opinion than fact, more mathematical art than physical science, we look forward to such a debate,” the letter said.
- Michael Shellenberger criticized Facebook and demanded an investigation of the actions it took against his article: “On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare.” Because of its fact-checking relationship with Climate Feedback, Facebook published a warning on his article giving off the impression his article was misleading or false. He contended it was Climate Feedback getting the facts wrong and he was telling the truth.
- Facebook fact-check partner Climate Feedback also labeled an opinion piece about failed climate models “False” in 2019. The CO2 Coalition hit back at what it called “partisan censorship” and complained to Facebook about Climate Feedback’s bias and “errors” in its fact-check against the column.
- The left turned on one of its own after liberal Michael Moore’s 2019 film “Planet of the Humans” exposed shortcomings of renewable energy sources. Another liberal activist filmmaker, Josh Fox, campaigned against it demanding YouTube pull the film down. YouTube complied, citing a copyright issue over four seconds of footage. Eleven days later YouTube allowed it back on the platform.
- David Wojick of CFACT tested Google search functions in 2018, running his name as well as several well known climate realists or skeptics (Roy Spencer, Pat Michaels, Marc Morano and more). He found half or more of the first page of search results were attacks against them. Wojick said these attacks often included links to DeSmogBlog attacks from years earlier.
- Mathematician Leo Goldstein who founded DefyCCC ran a series of experiments in 2018, testing ads about climate realism and criticism of global warming alarmism on multiple tech platforms. He said he struggled to gain approval for promoted posts and advertising on Twitter, Google, LinkedIn and Reddit.
- Twitter suspended Steve Goddard, a prominent global warming skeptic in 2015 for a “violation of Twitter’s rules.” Goddard told The Daily Caller he’d broken no rules and Twitter would not tell him why he was suspended. After Twitter users rallied for his reinstatement, the company restored his account.
- Reddit banned so-called “climate deniers” from its science forum in 2013. Alarmist site Grist.org, touted the change, calling their presence a “disservice to science and rational exploration.” Moderators restricted their speech by classifying it as a conspiracy theory and prohibiting conspiracy theories.
- JunkScience asked Google to repudiate viewpoint censorship in 2011 after an anonymous employee told Yale’s Forum on Climate Change the site is always working to improve search results. Yale had complained that not enough Google search results for climate change returned sites with “clear statements in line with the vast majority of peer-reviewed climate science evidence.” In other words, they didn’t all reflect the so-called alarmist consensus.
- YouTube restricted or demonetized at least 50 PragerU educational videos including several related to climate and environmental issues (“Climate Change: What do Scientists Say?,” “Climate Change: What’s so Alarming?,” “Fossil Fuels: The Greenest Energy,” “Climate Change” and “Are Electric Cars Really Green?”).