Microsoft is scrambling after ad network was caught-red handed flagging conservatives

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Big Tech has been put under an intense microscope.

The Twitter Files showed just how much information is censored online.

Now Microsoft is scrambling after its advertiser network was caught-red handed flagging conservatives.

Online free speech has been a massive issue over the past seven years.

Ever since Donald Trump used Twitter to bypass the media gatekeepers, the establishment has been cooking up ways to rein in Big Tech platforms.

The Microsoft-owned advertising company Xandr had been blacklisting conservative news websites based on the guidance of the Global Disinformation Index (GDI), a British organization with ties to U.S. nonprofits.

GDI has come under fire after the Daily Caller News Foundation revealed the company was maintaining a “Dynamic Exclusion List” to blacklist of conservative outlets.

The rise of so-called disinformation experts such as GDI has been the tool of the establishment to steer people away from conservative, libertarian, and counter-narrative liberal viewpoints.

GDI and other organizations are chock-full of left-wing activists who masquerade as objective arbiters of disinformation.

Companies essentially outsource their content moderation decisions to such companies to give themselves an air of impartiality when they censor right-wing content.

MS spox claims Xandr has stopped using ‘disinformation experts’ who blacklisted conservative outlets

But Xandr is now distancing itself from GDI and purportedly moving away from its conservative blacklist.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Breitbart News that “Xandr has stopped using GDI’s services” adding the company is “doing a larger review.”

The Washington Examiner, reported that Xandr has “deleted flags such as ‘false/misleading’ and ‘reprehensible/offensive’ for right-leaning websites, data show”

However it remains unclear whether Xandr and Microsoft will simply switch to other providers or disband flags for alleged “disinformation” sites altogether.

The ten “riskiest” outlets on the list were all right-leaning, including, the American Conservative, the American Spectator, the Blaze, the Daily Wire, the Federalist, Newsmax, the New York Post, One America News Network, RealClearPolitics, and Reason Magazine.

The Beltway libertarians at Reason Magazine should probably take heed that they have been lumped in with the “deplorables.”

Disgraced former CIA Director John Brennan made it clear who the establishment considers its enemies.

He told MSNBC, “[T]he Biden team who have been nominated or have been appointed are now moving in laser-like fashion, to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements that we’ve seen overseas, where they germinate in different parts of the country and they gain strength, and it brings together an unholy alliance frequently of religious extremists — so authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, and even libertarians.”

“Even libertarians” are on the enemies’ list, and Reason Magazine’s inclusion on the GDI list should serve as another wake-up call.

The Microsoft-owned Xandr moving away from GDI is a positive development, but that does not mean the fight over online free speech is over.

The same censorious people will find new ways to silence people who challenge the establishment narrative.

Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.

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