Stating that the content is “controversial,” not the censorship itself, YouTube has taken the first few steps to censor dissenting views. But it gets worse. YouTube will also begin to censor your searches and fill the results with propaganda while on its website.
Last night, YouTube took to its “Official Blog” to more or less announce that they would be taking steps to censor content they determined to be “controversial,” even if that content didn’t break any laws or violate the site’s user agreement. The message made a pledge to be part of an effort to “fight terror content online.” But the move was rightly met withwidespread skepticism among YouTuber’s as nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to censor conservative speech.
It’s not just “controversial” content creators that will be impacted as anyone who merely searches for keywords that YouTube deems ‘questionable’, for whatever reason, will be promptly redirected to propaganda videos intended to “directly confront and debunk” whatever questionable content that user was looking for. Meaning, you’ll be bombarded with the right kind of propaganda approved by YouTube designed to get you thinking the way YouTube insists upon.
Early intervention and expanding counter-extremism work: We’ve started rolling out features from Jigsaw’s Redirect Method to YouTube. When people search for sensitive keywords on YouTube, they will be redirected towards a playlist of curated YouTube videos that directly confront and debunk violent extremist messages. We also continue to amplify YouTube voices speaking out against hate and radicalization through our YouTube Creators for Change program. Just last week, the U.K. chapter of Creators for Change, Internet Citizens, hosted a two-day workshop for 13-18 year-olds to help them find a positive sense of belonging online and learn skills on how to participate safely and responsibly on the internet. We also pledged to expand the program’s reach to 20,000 more teens across the U.K. –YouTube Official Blog
The Daily Caller points out, that the responsibility of censorship on YouTube will fall upon impartial (although that word is being used incredibly loosely in this instance) groups like the Anti-Defamation Leaguethat recently published a list of “alt-right” and “alt-lite” YouTubers. Ironically though, they failed to highlight extreme leftist organizations such as Antifa.
Not surprisingly, these moves to censor content creators while shoving propaganda videos down the throats of users has been blasted by conservatives and anti-government activists online who feel like they’ve been targeted.
Censorship of so-called “hate speech” has been the cornerstone of tyrannical regimes such as the Soviet Union. Hate speech is 100% subjective and should never be regulated, but in order to promote fascist ideas, dictators must convince populations to accept their oppression and not speak out. Regulation of any speech is a detriment to the human rights of everyone.
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