MORE Big Tech Election Interference: YouTube Deletes RFK Jr. Interview

June 7th, 2023 10:18 AM

The Big Tech censors are piling on with their anti-free speech election interference, as YouTube again targets Democratic Party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

YouTube deleted yet another interview of Robert F. Kennedy Jr as the platform continues to join with other Big Tech companies censoring the Democrat presidential candidate. The video, still accessible through The Wayback Machine, has been removed by YouTube, which now has a notice saying the interview violated “Community Guidelines.” The platform has not yet given further explanation.

Trending Politics News co-owner Colin Rugg tweeted June 5, “During a podcast with Mike Tyson, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. talked about how the CIA killed his father. YouTube has now deleted the video. The elites don’t want you to watch this.” The tweet included a video clip of the censored interview, from Matt Orfalea.

This is hardly the first time Big Tech has censored Kennedy. Kennedy recently slammed Big Tech censorship, tweeting, “To silence a major political candidate is profoundly undemocratic. Social media is the modern equivalent of the town square. How can democracy function if only some candidates have access to it?”

His comments came in response to Instagram who censored his account. Kennedy tweeted June 1: “Interesting… when we use our TeamKennedy email address to set up @instagram accounts we get an automatic 180-day ban. Can anyone guess why that’s happening?” He included a screenshot of the message from Meta-owned Instagram. In exclusive comments to MRC Free Speech America, a spokesperson for Instagram parent company Meta admitted that Instagram had censored Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s own account. The spokesperson claimed, “[W]ith respect to the below: this was an error, which we corrected.”

In April, YouTube removed independent journalist Kim Iversen’s interview of Kennedy almost two months after it was originally posted. YouTube’s excuse for removing the interview of the presidential candidate was so-called “medical misinformation.”

But that’s not all. Dr. Jordan Peterson tweeted June 5 that YouTube had also imposed a context label on Peterson’s interview with Kennedy. Peterson included a screenshot of the “Climate change” context label.

A YouTube spokeswoman told MRC Free Speech America, “These information panels will show regardless of what opinions or perspectives are expressed in a video.”

It’s not just big names who’ve been censored. A Reddit moderator permanently banned “lifelong Democrat” u/boxmuncher1996 from the subreddit r/Democrats when the user claimed to support Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. And Dark Journalist’s unverified Twitter account claimed YouTube removed his 2022 interview of Kennedy.

Big Tech and Big Media have been involved in election interference before. Big Tech and Big Media stole the 2020 presidential election, as an MRC survey shows. Censorship must stop before the same election interference impacts the 2024 race.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube here and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on so-called hate speech and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.