It's starting to look like the recent demonetization of Steven Crowder's Louder With Crowder YouTube channel was used as an excuse to institute an already planned crackdown on free speech on that platform. Who is the source for this information? Why, the CEO of Google himself, Sundar Pichai, who announced such a crackdown in during an Axios on HBO interview which was recorded BEFORE the demonetization of Crowder's channel because he was charged with offending a Vox writer.
Tech companies have only one rule about censorship: don’t talk about censorship. Project Veritas, a conservative investigative group, just had its video exposing censorship at Pinterest removed from YouTube.
The #VoxAdpocalypse is steadily growing worse as the media has called for YouTube to ban and censor more people. YouTube announced on June 5 that it would be removing “hundreds of thousands” more videos because of its newer, harsher policies. CNN reported on June 12 that despite these new policies, figures that the outlet found to be “hateful” were still active on the platform.
While YouTube has been panicking over one offended LGBT reporter, the platform’s overreaction has both sides outraged. YouTube announced a crackdown on Wednesday June 5 on videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination. However, in what appears to be the haphazard actions of a hastily deployed algorithm, even videos critiquing “hate speech” and conspiracy theories have been taken down or demonetized.
Kevin Roose, a technology writer for the New York Times, made a front-page splash on Sunday with “The Making of a YouTube Radical – How the Site’s Algorithms Played Into the Hands of the Far Right.” A caption underneath a photo of the story’s subject: “Caleb Cain likens the far right on YouTube to a “decentralized cult.” The interactive version is graphically rich, dominated by an enormous collage of some of the ostensibly harmful YouTube clips Cain watched over several years, and the 4,000-word plus print version take up two full inside pages.
As YouTube cuts off the ability of conservatives like comedian Steven Crowder and free speech advocates to support themselves on YouTube, it has allowed massive Russian disinformation to thrive. In the wake of revelations about Iranian subversion on Facebook and Russian accounts on Twitter seeking to “inflame opinions on both sides,” YouTube’s track record appears to be just as bad — or worse. Reuters reported in a June 7 article that “fourteen Russia-backed YouTube channels spreading disinformation have been generating billions of views and millions of dollars in advertising revenue.”
One Vox contributor managed to help demonetize dozens of YouTube accounts by complaining that he was being harassed by conservative comedian Steven Crowder. Vox Media’s Carlos Maza, an activist and writer known for spewing hatred at conservative figures such as Tucker Carlson, spent the last six days lobbying for Crowder to be taken down from YouTube.
The liberal media would have readers believe that they are the most persecuted minority and should be protected as such. YouTube seems to agree with them. Carlos Maza, a contributor the left-wing site Vox, caused an uproar on liberal Twitter when he posted a video compilation of comedian Steven Crowder mocking him on his YouTube channel.
Today, the UK’s “centrist” newspaper The Independent reported that Brandon Wade, founder of a popular website for sugar daddies (older men that spend lavishly on their younger girlfriends for sex), has offered to pay Alabama women to have out-of-state abortions. The Independent's article itself is packed with rhetoric and misinformation meant to defame the pro-life support for the Alabama abortion bill.
YouTube relies on its algorithms to do many things, including taking down, censoring, and restricting content. But if the algorithm enables pedophiles, then it is also terrifyingly dangerous. According to a report released by The New York Times, YouTube algorithms auto-created playlists of partially clothed children that were then exploited by pedophiles.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Monday starred in a PragerU video exposing the dangers of social media tech censorship. Bozell traced the history of companies like Apple, from rebelling against the old ways in the famous Apple 1984 Super Bowl commercial, to pushing conformity and squashing debate. Citing efforts to stifle speech, Bozell lamented, “Our former liberators now want to be our masters.... They are becoming the Big Brother Orwell foresaw. ”
Conservatives have been booted for tweeting “learn to code,” meanwhile a liberal calling for violence against conservatives has gotten a free pass. Far Left Watch claimed that Steven Bonnell, better known as Destiny, “participates in political debates and is very outspoken about his proclivity towards political violence.” They complained about the double standard of exposing extreme right-wing views, but ignoring left-wing ones.