Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Google removes blogs critical of Bloomberg and Quinn
This morning, LGBT civil rights activist and political blogger Louis Flores woke up to an e-mail from Google’s Blogger service, informing him that one of his principal political blogs (No Third Term : http://no-third-term.blogspot.com/) was censored by Google. Ostensibly, the No Third Term blog was marked as “spam,” but the blog entirely contains content that has been critical of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
But not only was the No Third Term blog deleted by Google’s Blogger service, but Mr. Flores’ entire Blogger account was “disabled.” Consequently, all of Mr. Flores’ blogs have also been removed.
Before sending this press release, Mr. Flores filled out a web form, asking Google to restore his blog.
“I ask all political bloggers to contact Google on my behalf, to demand that they restore my blogs and my account,” said Louis Flores, 38, from Jackson Heights, Queens.
People are encouraged to contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning’s censorship followed just hours after Mr. Flores published a controversial blog post on the Christine Quinn Sold Out blog, which traced back to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn the problems that the Occupy Wall Street social movement have been having with protest permits. Note that the Christine Quinn Sold Out blog and the controversial post (http://christine-quinn-sold-out.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupywallstreet-protest-permits.html) had been temporarily removed/deactivated by Google’s Blogger service.
“If Google believes in doing no harm, it should not allow the censorship of political blogs, whose only aim is to demand accountability from elected politicians,” said Mr. Flores. “But Google has a pattern of doing this. Just weeks before the 2009 mayoral election, Google’s YouTube service censored artist and political blogger Suzannah B. Troy’s entire YouTube account, and in March 2011, Google’s Blogger service censored political consultant and activist Gary Tilzer’s blog, too. This harassment of political activists and bloggers must come to an end.”
UPDATE: Blog has been restored. Thank you for your advocacy.