Google now scanning Google Docs for abusive content, i.e. conservative, pro-American content

Posted on Sun, 12/19/2021 - 18:51

Google has announced they're moving their censorship endeavors to Google Docs, where millions of people keep documents for storage and collaboration.

When a Google Drive file is identified as violating Google's Terms of Service or program policies, it may be restricted. When it’s restricted, you may see a flag next to the filename, you won’t be able to share it, and your file will no longer be publicly accessible, even to people who have the link.

Now, the owner of the item in Google Drive will receive an email notifying them of the action taken, and alerting them of how to request a review of the restriction if they think it is a mistake. For items in shared drives, the shared drive manager will receive the notification.

This will help ensure owners of Google Drive items are fully informed about the status of their content, while also helping to ensure that users are protected from abusive content. 

As with YouTube videos, pro-American and conservative content will be restricted.  The major difference between Google Docs and YouTube is not all Google Docs are public.  Some documents are shared privately, but those too will be restricted and censored.  Expect this to happen next with GMail.

A few links to secure, alternative services are below.

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