YouTube Takes Steps To Censor "Controversial" (a.k.a. "Conservative") Content

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Last night YouTube took to its 'Official Blog' to more or less announce that they would be taking steps to censor content they found to be "controversial" even if it didn't break any laws or violate the site's user agreement.  And while the message vowed to be part of an effort to "fight terror content online," the move was met wth widespread skepticism among YouTuber's as nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to censor conservative speech.

Tougher standards: We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism. If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes. We’ll begin to roll this new treatment out to videos on desktop versions of YouTube in the coming weeks, and will bring it to mobile experiences soon thereafter. These new approaches entail significant new internal tools and processes, and will take time to fully implement.

But it's not just content creators that will be impacted as anyone who merely searches for keywords that YouTube deems 'questionable', for whatever reason, will be promptly redirected to propaganda videos intended to "directly confront and debunk" whatever 'questionable' content that user was looking for.

Early intervention and expanding counter-extremism work: We’ve started rolling out features from Jigsaw’s Redirect Method to YouTube. When people search for sensitive keywords on YouTube, they will be redirected towards a playlist of curated YouTube videos that directly confront and debunk violent extremist messages. We also continue to amplify YouTube voices speaking out against hate and radicalization through our YouTube Creators for Change program. Just last week, the U.K. chapter of Creators for Change, Internet Citizens, hosted a two-day workshop for 13-18 year-olds to help them find a positive sense of belonging online and learn skills on how to participate safely and responsibly on the internet. We also pledged to expand the program’s reach to 20,000 more teens across the U.K.

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So who will be responsible for choosing which content qualifies as "controversial" and/or "questionable?"  Well, as the Daily Caller points out, that responsibility will fall upon 'impartial' groups like the Anti-Defamation League that recently published a list of "alt-right" and "alt-lite" YouTubers yet failed to highlight extreme leftist organizations like Antifa...must have just been an oversight.

According to YouTube, the system, while largely automated, will mix in human reviews in the form of its already established “Trusted Flagger” volunteer program that works with over 15 institutions to deal with extremist content, including the Anti-Defamation League.

 

The ADL recently released a list naming members of the “alt-right” and the “alt-lite,” the latter of which included controversial YouTube personalities like Gavin McInnes, Mike Cernovich, and Brittany Pettibone. Curiously, the ADL is selective in what it chooses to label as “extremism.” It does not have violent far-left ideologies like Antifa and militant leftist organizations like Redneck Revolt on its radar.

 

It’s worth noting that the “Trusted Flagger” system was later transformed into the much maligned “YouTube Heroes” program, which invited the public to help moderate content. It was heavily criticized for giving social justice activists the power to manipulate the platform.

 

Despite the apparent focus on targeting extremism, YouTube’s announcement includes the company’s efforts to artificially promote videos through its “Creators for Change” program, which in YouTube’s own words pushes creators who are “using their voices to speak out against hate speech, xenophobia, and extremism.”

Not surprisingly, these moves to censor content creators while shoving propaganda videos down the throats of users, has been blasted by conservatives online who feel like they've been targeted.

“If a video doesn’t break YouTube’s terms of services then they absolutely SHOULD NOT be attempting to dampen the reach of the video any further,” said YouTuber Annand “Bunty King” Virk, who raised his concerns with The Daily Caller. “Who determines what’s passable and what isn’t? At what point do we finally realize that saying the right thing isn’t always about saying what people want to hear?”

 

“By these standards, if YouTube existed previous to the Emancipation Act, they’d be censoring videos criticizing slave owners, since being anti-slavery wasn’t popular… at all,” he added. “The popular opinion isn’t always the right opinion.”

 

“No one can really say who’s going to be impacted by this new road map, and that’s the point isn’t it? If their policies and terms of service aren’t there to help guide creators anymore, then why even have them? So really, anyone could be at risk without even knowing it,” he said.

 

“I have no problem with YouTube cracking down on terrorist recruitment videos and the likes,” clarified Undoomed. “What I don’t understand is how such videos could’ve possibly been considered acceptable under the extant TOS and policies.”

 

“I think there is a high probably for collateral damage with this new attitude,” he said. “Some people could conceivably consider skeptics and anti-SJWs ‘extremists,’ while all we are doing is arguing for a little common sense, and of course for freedom of speech as demanded by the Constitution.”

 

“My suspicion is that ‘trusted flaggers’ is just a code word for the ‘usual suspects’. i.e. the same type of radical left-wing reactionaries that have reshaped Twitter into an Orwellian nightmare,” he concluded.

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Is-Be's picture

From your Jewish site. (Go to their link "Who we are")

"We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."

And that is hate?

This is pure projection on the part of the Jews.

Replacing white with Jewish and it becomes obvious.

Mineshaft Gap's picture

Google is simply begging for a regulatory smackdown.

Don't keep it waiting.

Bai Suzhen's picture

What are you talking about?  Google is the regulator.

wisehiney's picture

Tyler, their is no fear, but pictures of pelousi nauseate me.

Please.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

I can't believe that the progressive position is the popular one. This is not a democratic process, but even if it was, the far-left would not be winning. There's something more to it than that, which others commenting here have already touched upon.

FlKeysFisherman's picture

(((They))) know what's coming.

gregga777's picture

The ADL are the staunch defenders of the racist paradise Apartheid Israel. What could possibly go wrong?

Is-Be's picture

Anti-racism is code for white genocide.

RiverDrifter's picture

YouTube needs a real competitor now more than ever.

headless blogger's picture

Where are all the Competitors of Youtube? Good programmers need to start matching up with good business people and create a replacement. After what the Youtube people did to the Search engines (every search brings up the same sites now), I don't really like Youtube much. Where are the people with the Know-how to fight this shit? I'm sick of people like the ADL and SPLC. It's time they got put on a "list".

Friedrich not Salma's picture

Google/Alphabet loses $500 million per year on Youtube. They might sell it off.
Edit: $174 million loss in 2016. Friedrich regrets the mistake.

rex-lacrymarum's picture

Minds.com   - explicitly dedicated to free speech

djrichard's picture

When posting in the comments section on the Washington Post, you can have your comments removed by somebody clicking on the "Report" link next to your comment.   I had this happen to me when posters couldn't win the debate in the comments section; they simply "Report" my comments instead and have them go into the memory hole.  Comments were removed in about a minute or so, so there was obviously no human intelligence at WaPo to safeguard against abuse.

And presumably there's no downside to abusing this process, otherwise posters wouldn't be engaging in this process.

By the way, I'm a leftist and I fight most of my battles against the left that wants a restoration of the way things were before Trump.  You know, the way things were when the dem party could tack towards corporate-friendly messaging and throw their constituency under the bus.

Edit: I think it's really these status-quo defenders that are behind things like this from Youtube.  They're our common enemy.

wisefool's picture

And here we go. We must all stop supporting and commenting (peaceably, with no overt or covert bad intent) in the channels we truly like, (regardless of politics) because (by proxy) your opinion might bring attention to worthy creators who might not be able to make it in our brave new world.

I remember the days of 3 channels (plus PBS) on the teevee. All of them played the moon missions. I'll be fine with the new youtube. I feel bad for the kids.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Sooner or later there will be another 'Tube' site to replace the Communist image transforming 'Youtube'. Just think, those that have a desire to post on Youtube can pow wow with their collectivist amoeba image, while others who think for themselves will have an eventual alternative.

Same with Facebook, they will eventually so bastardized their site that they will end up going crazy, kinda like Zuckerberg's fantasy of being President, all part of the 'legend in your own mind' syndrome.

JLee2027's picture

Leftists always end up self-destructing

coast1's picture

a couple years ago, I tried and spent alot of time trying to get people to go to vimeo instead..It didnt work out too well...I suppose its like trying to get people to go to bitcoin etc...Just to get away from the manipulation and censorship...There are simply not enough people who know what is really going on, we live in a world of very dumbed down people..I was reading the new testament today, and included my history...Ceaser was a dictator, and all of the things that remind me of today. Jesus comes along and upsets it all....Whether Jesus even existed, I do not know, but the stories of how He shook up the establishment, is amazing...History is amazing, and they dont teach history in skools. As soon as something comes popular, even television, the satanists take it over... If vimeo got popular the satanists would take that also.  wtf huh?

Ms No's picture

When you allegedly live in a free market system and all you have is Youtube and Microsoft...  SOMETHING. IS. SERIOUSLY. FUCKING. WRONG.

Word got out way faster than they expected and they will just be exposing themselves even more.  They will do terrible things and then they will go down, most likely permanently.  It will be different tyrants for the world next time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMjpyjRO_xQ

oncemore's picture

Videos?

Theync.com

 

Kina's picture

There is always Vimeo, Dailymotion that does the same as Youtube.

Good way to lose a good portion of their business.

Kina's picture

DOJ should sue Google / Youtube and break it up as a monopoly.

BuyAndSell's picture

This is going beyond YouTube.  Disqus which is used by sites such as Breitbart and World Net Daily as their respective chat platforms is now actively purging pro trump posters.  

Disqus has a statement on the Breitbart site declaring they don't moderate comments.    After I was unable to login in to my Disqus account in order to make a comment on Breitbart I was unable.  Thinking this may have been an issue with the Breitbart site I went to WND and tried logging onto Disqus there.   No go.  

I then went to the main forum on the Disqus home page and was amazed.  Obvious progressives were gloating over how effective their new policy of blocking toxic and false news posters.

I have since gone vaCk to the Breitbart site and realized that many of the more intelligent posters who could argue logically and post facts are no longer.  Many familia names are not there.  

The only conclusion I can derive is that the silicon valley left have embarked on pro Trump poster purge using the power of their control of the Disqus syste m to carry out this dree speech suppression. 

Sad thing is Breitbart and others are ckueless about what is going on.  Maybe they too have been compromised by the aggressive left wing counter revolution.   The left free speech supression started with Facebook and Twitter.  It is now moving to all important sections of the internet.

 

BuyAndSell's picture

This is going beyond YouTube.  Disqus which is used by sites such as Breitbart and World Net Daily as their respective chat platforms is now actively purging pro trump posters.  

Disqus has a statement on the Breitbart site declaring they don't moderate comments.    After I was unable to login in to my Disqus account in order to make a comment on Breitbart I was unable.  Thinking this may have been an issue with the Breitbart site I went to WND and tried logging onto Disqus there.   No go.  

I then went to the main forum on the Disqus home page and was amazed.  Obvious progressives were gloating over how effective their new policy of blocking toxic and false news posters.

I have since gone back to the Breitbart site and realized that many of the more intelligent posters who could argue logically and post facts are no longer.  Many familia names are not there.  

The only conclusion I can derive is that the silicon valley left have embarked on pro Trump poster purge using the power of their control of the Disqus syste m to carry out this free speech suppression. 

Sad thing is Breitbart and others are clueless about what is going on.  Maybe they too have been compromised by the aggressive left wing counter revolution.   The left free speech supression started with Facebook and Twitter.  It is now moving to all important sections of the internet.

 

Lynn Trainor's picture

Very interesting, thank you for sharing that!  I'm banned at The Hill site, no idea why, and try to always at least be polite when disagreeing.  Recently I tried to comment on Disquis at a Mercury News website in the San Francisco bay area and was told I was banned, figured it was cuz somewhere I said something negative relating to the gay agenda or something.

WorkingClassMan's picture

Make a new name, through a proxy...troll them, hassle them, waste their time.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

No sense in getting upset about this, all this is, is youtube committing suicide. Something else will come along and fill the need, that is always the way it is. Youtube has peaked, they just don't know it yet. They will soon though, but it will be too late, they have painted themselves inside a box. Screw 'em.

Lynn Trainor's picture

YouTube committing suicide is right!  Look at Twitter's decline.  You would think YouTube would learn something.

WorkingClassMan's picture

(((Their))) agenda first...all other considerations come in a distant last.

1.21 jigawatts's picture

youtube is catalyzing its very own "myspace" event. 

like a Minsky Moment but a bit more Jewy. 

otschelnik's picture

The Alt-Right owns youtube which presents Eric 'the Alphabet' Schmidt, tech advisor to the Shillary campaign with quite the dilemma.  On the one hand he needs the viewer traffic but on the other hand everybody from Angie Merkel, Tom Perez, the MSM and the CIA - Deep State is pressing him to 'do something!'  The narrative is no longer under control. 

BuyAndSell's picture

They also own Disqus.  Disqus is also blocking pro Trumpers.  A huge counter populist revolution is taking place.  Purging populist protagonists is happening.  The sad thing from Breitbart to the President they are clueless to the war now underway.  

johnjkiii's picture

Ah the left: Run out of arguments? Shut down the opposition, it's the Commie way!

brain_glitch's picture

It looks more and more like the internet in China. Praise our leaders!

Grandad Grumps's picture

Well, YouTube is a Google/DeepState op. What do you expect?

silverer's picture

Being that it's anti first amendment, agreed.

NickPeeMe's picture

Here is to laughing at Trumptards. You dumb fucks beleive anything. Go ahead call me a libtard and then declare yourselves patriots......LOL

March on Brainless army:)

MaleFeelings's picture

But but but but Rachel Madcow and Jon Olivewhore said....

Bwahahahahahahaaaaaa chortelll.......

You are Srsly the dumbest fucking scum on the face of this trifling Earth. Consider self removal.

MaleFeelings's picture

Ghettos

- Matt Drudge

Lynn Trainor's picture

Past time for developing and shifting to YouTube alternatives!

Bai Suzhen's picture

Same old story by the same old people.  "...It's OK if you call me a crook, a thief, a bastard, a criminal, a pervert.  Just don't call me a Jew."

Playtime's Over's picture

Need our womenfolk to weave some head baskets for what's comin.

djealas's picture

Just spent 5 minutes researching potassium chlorate explosives and how to make your own dets. Gee, those  poor SJW's won't be able to bring down the system if these conservative bomb making material instructional videos are removed!

DaveA's picture

Compared to ZeroHedge's "Discrimination Notice", which says,

"Racism, to include any religious affiliation, will not be tolerated in ANY FORM on this site, including the disparagment [sic] of people in the comments section.

"Any user found to be discriminating against ANY race, religion, or affiliation, will be banned immediately, and have their comments removed from the system."

So far all my comments regarding Jews, niggers, and goat-fuckers are still up. If ZeroHedge ever did enforce this policy, it would quickly follow Little Green Footballs into oblivion.

The Gladiator's picture

Upload one porn video to your channel.Make said video "private". Coordinate with everyone else that did the same to establish zero hour. When zero hour arrives,everyone make video public. Sit back and watch SJW's in charge of Youtube heads explode.

WorkingClassMan's picture

YouTube has become JewTube...they just buried themselves, nose and all, and they don't even know it.  Hubris before the inevitable fall.  Glad to see them do themselves in.

BustainMovealota's picture

You have a forum for open discussion and they ban open discussion based on someone else's (not yours) view of what should be banned.  Really fuking stupid