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Statistics professor Salil Mehta, adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science and whose work has appeared on this website on numerous prior occasions, was banned by Google on Friday.

What did Salil do to provoke Google? It is not entirely clear, however what is clear is that his repeated attempts at restoring his email, blog and other Google-linked accounts have so far been rejected with a blanket and uniform statement from the search giant.

Here is what happened, in Salil Mehta’s own words.

Dont do a googol of evil

Freedom is not free unless corporations who exert a large influence in our lives believe in our well-being. I am a statistics professor and understand that there needs to be reasonable standards to control a large social network and make sure everyone is able to enjoy it freely. Invariably people disagree (we all see this), but some principles, such as simply showing probability and statistics with the sole hope of educating others, should be acceptable and in the middle of the distribution. I am for a higher standard, and a higher purpose. There is great care that I have taken to make sure that people treat one other well, admit faults, and present math and probability education to a wide audience.

On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no reason and no warning. A number of us were stunned and unsure, but clearly we know at this point it wasn’t an accident. Here are some examples commented from best-selling author Nassim Taleb, and they have been retweeted by government officials, and the NYT and WSJ journalists.

• Category: Ideology • Tags: Censorship, Google 
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  1. FKA Max says:

    Why One CEO Decided To Kick Nazis Off The Internet (HBO)

    “I’m VERY Worried” Tucker Carlson and Jordan Peterson Discuss Google, YouTube Suspension

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  2. lavoisier says: • Website

    Google is making the rope that can be used to hang it.

    Expect a demand for public oversight if this kind of obvious and destructive mischief continues.

    But given that our government is already owned by the corporations, will anything actually happen?

    Will the libertarian Paul Ryan come to the rescue of free speech?

    Do not hold your breath.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  3. lavoisier says: • Website
    @FKA Max

    Good video. Very gratifying to see journalists asking tough questions.

  4. FKA Max says:

    Certain features have been disabled for this video
    In response to user reports, we have disabled some features, such as comments, sharing, and suggested videos, because this video contains content that may be inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.

    Race Differences in Intelligence
    (New Century Foundation)

    Limited features for certain videos

    Our Community Guidelines prohibit hate speech that either promotes violence or has the primary purpose of inciting hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes. YouTube also prohibits content intended to recruit for terrorist organizations, incite violence, celebrate terrorist attacks, or otherwise promote acts of terrorism. Some borderline videos, such as those containing inflammatory religious or supremacist content without a direct call to violence or a primary purpose of inciting hatred, may not cross these lines for removal. Following user reports, if our review teams determine that a video is borderline under our policies, it may have some features disabled.

    These videos will remain available on YouTube, but will be placed behind a warning message, and some features will be disabled, including comments, suggested videos, and likes. These videos are also not eligible for ads.

    If one of your videos has features disabled, we will send an email to notify you. You can appeal the decision directly from a link in the email or by selecting the “Appeal” link next to the video in Video Manager.

    Having features disabled on a video will not create a strike on your account.

    • Replies: @Olorin
  5. El Dato says:

    Do Google’s Open Source products carry a special license bearing the adminition “May not be used by Nazis?”

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  6. So why hasn’t google, etc. done anything about, or any of their writers?

    • Replies: @anonHUN
  7. anonHUN says:

    Maybe the fact of Ron Unz being jewish means some protection, who knows. Goolag is scared to silence jews?

  8. res says:

    What looks like a causative factor appears a few paragraphs later:

    The NYT has a popular print article this weekend and they cited my Google blog, but alas it not links to an embarrassing malfunction, for many to see:

  9. @lavoisier

    Germar Rudolf has been imprisoned, fined, forced into tenuous exile in USA for publishing his research on chemical weapons use in WWII.

    In one of his videos, Rudolf discussed a situation he thinks needs to be explored vigorously; namely, Who defends free speech when it is the government that suppresses free speech?

    (last 5 minutes)

    “I’m interested in pursuing human rights – civil rights cases. . . . Governments are the main perpetrators of civil rights violations. If you put the main perpetrator in charge of defining what civil rights are, it’s a joke to begin with. So you take the perpetrator’s definition of what civil rights are as your guiding line, you’re not ever going to go anywhere.
    All these civil rights organizations . . . are rigged the wrong way.
    We need an organization that takes all these organizations, including the United Nations, which is made up of states that violate human rights!
    . . . If a civil rights organization treads on a government’s toes, you have to fear retaliation . . .
    We need a civil rights organization that doesn’t start with civil rights definitions made by governments. Civil rights must be defended against governments.”

    In Rudolf’s case, it was government that enforced suppression of free speech and government that enforced prosecution of his free speech .

    Should DailyStormer sue Prince and CloudFare, what are the chances that US government would give DailyStormer a fair hearing?

    (btw, is Prince related to Blackwater Prince?)

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  10. Olorin says:
    @FKA Max

    this video contains content that may be inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.

    Which video doesn’t?

  11. “The wrongs here are not being done by me” said several million true believers in their turn.

  12. My guess is that the reason AND all of its writers have been untouched is they are considered to be crazy enough as to be beneficial to the left (the-end-of-the world-is nigh)

    See also Zero Hedge.

  13. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Why did they do that?
    To show that they could do it.

    (Darkness at noon)

    This is an element quintessential to power. It needs to be shown in its most indiscriminate manner, on occasions. Just as it needs to be withheld from notice most of the time.
    Discretion as a rule, showing-off as a necessary exception.

  14. BenKenobi says:
    @El Dato

    There was an entire South Park episode about this. It’s probably in the terms and conditions.

    “you agree to allow Apple to sew your mouth to the butthole of another iTunes user”

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