The major software company Oracle is parting ways with the Global Disinformation Index (GDI), a federally funded group caught blacklisting conservative media outlets for what it calls misinformation, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.
“After conducting review, we agree with others in the advertising industry that the services we provide marketers must be in full support of free speech, which is why we are ending our relationship with GDI,” Oracle’s vice president for corporate communications told the Examiner’s Gabe Kaminsky.
Oracle formed a partnership with GDI two years ago to help the brand navigate online advertising. In February, Kaminsky exposedthat federal funding is behind this disinformation index, which blacklists conservative websites from the British-based network’s market recommendations. In other words, GDI influences advertisers to pull their dollars and thus silence speech dissenting from left-wing orthodoxy. The Global Disinformation Index received $330,000 from the State Department while clients such as Oracle were discouraged from advertising with conservative outlets.