YouTube admitted that it might have made some mistakes in demonetizing, restricting or removing many conservative-leaning videos and accounts for “harmful and dangerous content.” A spokeswoman told Bloomberg that there were likely some “misapplications of rules” that resulted in targeting all those conservative sites.
I doubt that excuse will convince Prager University, Dennis Prager’s group that creates moderate, well-researched and highly informative videos on a wide range of topics from a conservative viewpoint. They kept getting banned by YouTube, went back and forth for months, were told it wasn’t a mistake, and they’re now suing YouTube and parent company Google. Maybe YouTube should have watched a few Prager U videos on free speech and how the legal system works.
I have a feeling that the real “mistake” made by YouTube was in hiring the Southern Poverty Law Center to help them identify videos by “hate groups.” That once respectable organization has morphed over the years into a money-sucking hit squad that brands any group that disagrees with its “progressive” politics as a hate group. According to the SPLC, the Family Research Council is an anti-gay hate group, Ben Carson is a racist, female Muslim reform activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an Islamophobe and feminist scholar Christina Hoff Sommers is a male supremacist. The SPLC would be a joke, except it’s not funny. If YouTube doesn't want to be influenced by biased and uninformed hate groups, then the first step they should take is severing ties with the SPLC.
By the way, if you’d like to see some of those horribly offensive Prager U videos (including the ones restricted by YouTube), here’s a list at their own site.
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