Yet Another Major Escalation In Establishment Internet Censorship, by Caitlin Johnstone

Now YouTube is explicitly banning posts because they don’t agree with them. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:

Yet Another Major Escalation In Establishment Internet Censorship

YouTube, whose corporate owner Google is arguably the most powerful company on earth, is now deleting user videos which claim the US election was fraudulent.

YouTube’s official statement on its decision to do this is very revealing, not so much for what it says as for what it does not say.

At no point does the video publishing platform attempt to argue that it is removing these videos because they jeopardize anyone’s health or safety, as it did when it began deleting videos deemed to be spreading misinformation about Covid-19.

At no point does it attempt to argue that these videos are inciting violence, as it did when it began deleting QAnon videos.

At no point does it claim that these videos are misleading voters, as it initially began collaborating with the US government to prevent, since all the voting is over and done with.

It’s simply deleting the videos because they are believed to be wrong. This is an important distinction, because it’s a marked deviation from the previous policy of content deletion used by YouTube and other new media platforms.

“Yesterday was the safe harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect,” YouTube writes. “Given that, we will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, in line with our approach towards historical U.S. Presidential elections. For example, we will remove videos claiming that a Presidential candidate won the election due to widespread software glitches or counting errors. We will begin enforcing this policy today, and will ramp up in the weeks to come.”

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2 responses to “Yet Another Major Escalation In Establishment Internet Censorship, by Caitlin Johnstone

  1. companies have largely insulated themselves from criticism, but it may still be effective to email companies or use their online contact forms to send the following:

    “I have learned you are advertising on Youtube and / or Facebook. Since Youtube and Facebook have engaged in political censorship, I cannot support them, nor can I support any company using their platforms. I have found alternatives to your products or will simply do without them.”

    “Please feel free to inform me when you stop using Youtube and Facebook, as I will then again consider using your products.”

    OR

    We could just go all “Curtis LeMay” on them.

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