is purging right-wing and independent commentators in the wake of the
Parkland High shooting while admitting that it is mistakenly banning
journalist Mike Cernovich reported earlier today that a video he
uploaded of left-wing Antifa activists chanting death threats had been
taken down by YouTube. The video shows Antifa shouting violent threats
at attendees of Cernovich’s Night for Freedom event in Washington DC,
which took place on Saturday. Cernovich commented to Breitbart News on
YouTube’s removal, saying, “YouTube is censoring honest, unedited
reporting about ANTIFA’s actions. This can mean only one thing — they
endorse far left wing violence.”
which owns YouTube, has also banned political YouTube star and classical
liberal Carl Benjamin, better known by his online pseudonym “Sargon of
his videos are still available to view, he has been locked out of his
Google account, including YouTube, and is unable to upload new videos.
Benjamin was also permanently
bannedfrom Twitter last year — Facebook is now the only major
social media platform that he can use to get his message out.
a comment to Breitbart News, Benjamin said the ban, which mirrored that
of Canadian academic Jordan Peterson last August, was the beginning of a
James Damore’s lawsuit against Google has shown, the entire company is
riddled with a far-left ideological orthodoxy that has taken hold to a
radical degree,” said Benjamin.
active suppression of individualist ideas within its own ranks has
caused classical liberal and conservative commentators to be considered
as far-right as Nazis, and are being treated with the same kind of
prejudice and ruthlessness.”
this week, we reported on
the censorship of Ashton Whitty, a conservative vlogger and Berkeley
student. After Whitty uploaded a video criticizing CNN over
their coverage of the Parkland shootings, YouTube took down her
video and issued her channel with a “strike.” If a channel receives
three strikes within three months, it can be permanently banned from the
platform. Although the initial video was restored and the strike
removed, the same
thing happened to another of Whitty’s videos
within a few hours.
YouTube purge has also hit InfoWars, a popular alternative media channel
run by radio host Alex Jones, who interviewed Donald Trump while he was
still a candidate. InfoWars’ YouTube channel, which has more than 2
million subscribers, has now been blocked for
two weeks over accusations that it posted “conspiracy theories” about
Parkland. If it receives one more strike within three months, the
channel will be permanently banned.
a comment to Breitbart News, InfoWars Editor-at-Large and YouTube star
Paul Joseph Watson said Google’s unchecked power and influence over
civil discourse required regulation.
is a monopoly, and its anti-free speech policies are beginning to erode
the sanctity of civil discourse,” said Watson. “We need some kind of
constitutional amendment or mass movement, such as the one against SOPA,
in order to re-assert the supremacy of free expression.”
admitting they made a “mistake” in terminating some accounts and content
does offer a glimmer of hope that there are some rational actors within
this speaks to the wider phenomenon of how society has become so coddled
and infantilized, that stridently challenging the views of public
figures is now being treated as ‘bullying’ and ‘harassment.'”
warned that the “fury” caused by mass censorship on social media
platforms would only increase the same “hyper-partisan tensions” that
the big tech companies claim to oppose.
YouTube spokeswoman recently admitted that
some videos were being removed in error, attributing it to teething
problems caused by their recent hiring of 10,000 new human moderators.
members may misapply some of our policies resulting in mistaken
removals” admitted the spokeswoman. “We’ll reinstate any videos that
were removed in error.”
a Senate hearing last month, Sen. Ted Cruz called
out YouTube’s alleged ideological bias, highlighting Prager
University’s lawsuit against the company over
censorship of conservatives. Cruz told a YouTube representative that if
the platform did not remain politically neutral, they could lose legal
immunity for user content under Section 230 of the Communications
Decency Act. Without this protection, social media companies would be
legally liable for all content posted on their platforms – an
existential threat to their business model.
Update — InfoWars
contributor Jerome Corsi reports that his YouTube account has been
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