YouTube Censors Video on … Left-Wing Censorship – News Busters
What do you suppose happens on YouTube to a video that is a “discourse on the First Amendment and the tactics that progressives are using to limit speech and political engagement by conservatives”? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, it falls victim to an algorithm with absolutely no sense of irony.
A video titled “The Dark Art of Political Intimidation” was posted last week by WSJ columnist Kimberly Strassel as a PragerU lecture. “Within several hours of PragerU posting the video,” said a WSJ editorial, YouTube placed it in ‘restricted mode,’ making it inaccessible to schools, libraries and young Americans whose parents have enabled YouTube technology filters.”
Conservative radio host Dennis Prager’s idea for Prager U is to give students alternative, non-progressive takes on history, civics and other issues. Of the 100+ PragerU videos, YouTube restricted 18 of them, even though there’s no cursing, no violence or any kind of indecency in any of them.
What the videos have done is run afoul of progressive orthodoxy. YouTube told WSJ that “video restrictions are decided by an ‘algorithm’ that factors in ‘community flagging’ and ‘sensitive content.’” In other words, the algorithm was tripped by progressives trying to limit speech and political engagement by conservatives. Flag a video enough times and the restrictions kick in. Do it often enough and YouTube is your safe space. Extra points for flagging videos that accuse the left of doing exactly what you’re doing.
I really haven’t done a very good job in reporting on the new fascism that has become a part of all the major social media players. I cannot emphasize enough that this particular incident is one of many, and that there are far more insidious examples of this kind of censorship in the past couple of months. Anything with #HillaryforPrison is blocked from trending on Twitter (although some clever users found a way around it), despite being caught Facebook continues to censor articles that are damaging to Hillary and Democrats in general,
Still waiting for a prominent Liberal to say anything at all about this issue.
UPDATE: Not that you needed proof that big tech companies are influencing government policy and censoring Americans on behalf of the Democrat party, but here you go anyway:
And of course, I had to go to a foreign news source to actually find reporting on this scandal.