YouTube "Economically Censors" Ron Paul, Labels Videos "Not Suitable" For All Advertisers

Former US Congressman Ron Paul has joined a growing list of independent political journalists and commentators who’re being economically punished by YouTube despite producing videos that routinely receive hundreds of thousands of views.

In a tweet published Saturday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tweeted a screenshot of Paul’s “Liberty Report” page showing that his videos had been labeled “not suitable” for all advertisers by YouTube's content arbiters.

Assange claims that Paul was being punished for speaking out about President Donald Trump’s decision to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan, after Paul published a video on the subject earlier this week.

The notion that YouTube would want to economically punish a former US Congressman for sharing his views on US foreign policy – a topic that he is unequivocally qualified to speak about – is absurd. Furthermore, the “review requested” marking on one of Paul's videos reveals that they were initially flagged by users before YouTube's moderators confirmed that the videos were unsuitable for a broad audience.

Other political commentators who’ve been censored by YouTube include Paul Joseph Watson and Tim Black – both ostensibly for sharing political views that differ from the mainstream neo-liberal ideology favored by the Silicon Valley elite.

Last week, Google – another Alphabet Inc. company – briefly banned Salil Mehta, an adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science, from using its service, freezing his accounts without providing an explanation. He was later allowed to return to the service.

Conservative journalist Lauren Southern spoke out about YouTube’s drive to stifle politically divergent journalists and commentators during an interview with the Daily Caller.

“I think it would be insane to suggest there’s not an active effort to censor conservative and independent views,” said Southern.

 

“Considering most of Silicon Valley participate in the censorship of alleged ‘hate speech,’ diversity hiring and inclusivity committees. Their entire model is based around a far left outline. There’s no merit hiring, there’s no support of free speech and there certainly is not an equal representation of political views at these companies.”

Of course, Google isn’t the only Silicon Valley company that’s enamored with censorship. Facebook has promised to eradicate “fake news,” which, by its definition, includes political content that falls outside of the mainstream.

Still, economically punishing a former US Congressman and medical doctor is a new low in Silicon Valley's campaign to stamp out dissent.

Comments

ET (not verified) Sun, 08/27/2017 - 16:54 Permalink

The only videos allowed are of perpetually happy people like in the Communist propaganda films.

Handful of Dust God Emperor Sun, 08/27/2017 - 17:47 Permalink

YooTubbers such as Louder with Crowder, Roaming Millenial, Lauren Soutern, No Bullshit, etc who are being oppressed by YT are working with other on alternative sites and forums that do not suppress Freedom of Speech and esp conservative viewpoints. i hope zh posts this news when they develop those and I will keep my eyes open for them also.

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ET (not verified) Handful of Dust Sun, 08/27/2017 - 17:54 Permalink

Lauren Southern and her co-host Brittany Pettibone have distanced themselves from the white supremacists and are advocating conservative ideas and family values that appeal to a broad audience, not just to white people. As they seek sponsors, they are more careful in how they present themselves.Brittany Pettibone used to co-host a show with Tara McCarthy, but Tara said that the migrants coming into the UK should be shot. Some days later it seems like they parted ways. Tara seemed too extreme.

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Bes ET (not verified) Sun, 08/27/2017 - 18:35 Permalink

How is anyone surprised???this is about moneythe war on cashand google is going to make a killing with your digital wallet------hmmm......   trump is kinda of silent on the war on cash don't you think?he finds enough time to tweet about Mika's face.......#maga

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Manthong Bes Sun, 08/27/2017 - 21:30 Permalink

 
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Eric Schmidt should be condemned for life to share a cell with his girlfriend, Hillary.

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Memedada Dancing Disraeli Mon, 08/28/2017 - 04:02 Permalink

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You must be the wet-dream of all propagandists. You believe “The Democratic Republic of North Korea” is democratic, that the “Federal Reserve Bank” is federal, has reserves and acts as a bank, that “humanitarian intervention” is just that (and not old school war)… In other words you believe them. What a tool. Read some real history –avoid Google and YouTube. Start by looking up the definitions of ideologies. And a suggestion: use the old and proven valuable method of “quo bono?”/follow the money. Fascism (including Nazism) is capital taking control. It is the money masters/capital owners/ownership class taking control of the state. The first to be weeded out in a fascist regime is the left-wing. Was in Spain during Franco, Italy during Mussolini, Germany during Hitler and will be in USA during your fascist regime (already begun and you’re well-conditioned for the next move: activating the FEMA-camps). That “ad-revenue” controls most of the media-content is the same as given private owned corporations (i.e. capitalists) the editorial power. Only US-indoctrinated minds can see this as “left-wing”.

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Memedada Dancing Disraeli Mon, 08/28/2017 - 09:47 Permalink

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No deal. It is only in US corporate controlled lala-land that big government is equated with “left-wing”. A government (and the size of it) is not defining of left vs. right. It is who controls it and what policies the government pursues that defines the “color” of the government. A government created by and for capital interests (like US) is a right-wing government. The central – and defining – difference between right- and left-wing is property regimes. Is the economy (and thereby society) defined by private ownership of the means of production (=capitalism) or social, common and/or public ownership of the means of production (socialism, left-wing libertarianism/anarchism, communism)? Everything in US is privately owned – including the monetary system itself. And including the state. That is, USA is a fascist state – a state de facto owned by capitalists. Examples of right-wing governments that can be big: monarchies, theocracies, fascist states and welfare states (yes, the Scandinavian countries are capitalist too – to tax a capitalist economy and redistribute doesn’t make the economy less capitalistic. Again, look into property regimes to understand the difference).

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jin187 Memedada Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:43 Permalink

"to tax a capitalist economy and redistribute doesn’t make the economy less capitalistic"

That's kinda exactly what makes an economy less capitalist. Socialism and fascism through deception is the game we play in this country. Sure, some the name of some individual may be on the deeds, but the government has their finger in all pies, through not just taxes, but regulation and oversight. You can't fart in this country without some EPA twat sticking an emissions detector up your ass, you can't eat anything that doesn't have the FDA seal of approval, and you can't sell a dollar worth of anything without giving the government a quarter.

Everything in the US isn't privately owned either. The government owns most of the land in the country, and regularly seizes and buys assets for various reasons. Not to mention how many millions of jobs and even entire industries exist solely because of the government, or government contracts. If the government never took or spent another dime after today, 40% of the workforce would be unemployed tomorrow.

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Tabarnaque macholatte Sun, 08/27/2017 - 21:18 Permalink

Web censorship by Google is getting in higher gear. I’m moving away from Google (better named Goolag) as much as I can. It is up to us to move away from Goolag’s fascist censorship universe. If we all stop using Goolag’s services as much as we can then their power over the web will quickly fall apart. It is up to all of us to refuse Google’s search engine and other services as much as we can. And we all need to do this in order defend freedom of speech on the web. Alternative web browsers: Opera On my new laptop I did not install their Orwellian web browser Google Chrome. I recommend that you install and try an excellent web browser called: Opera. Opera has several advantages: 1) You can hide your IP address by enabling a VPN function in the setting menu, 2) there is a very effective add blocker in the setting that speeds up downloading webpages and eradicates these annoying and sometimes aggressive adds on your screen, 3) as far as I know it doesn’t belong to any of the big cies like Goolag, Microfuck or Yahoo. Opera can be downloaded for free from this site.    http://www.opera.com Tor For the real hardcore searches there is Edward Snowden’s recommended Tor. ToR is supposed to be the web browser that best protects your anonymity while surfing the web.  It protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor has a few disadvantages: most videos won’t play on Tor. Automatic and instantaneous price updating from stock markets tickers won’t work either. So Tor is very good to safeguard your privacy and protect your identity BUT it has some important limitations that will restrain its use to some very specific tasks/searches that you might want to do. Tor can be downloaded here: https://www.torproject.org Search engines:  I no longer use Goolag’s search engine. My default search engine is now duckduckgo. If I can’t find something with this one then I try with GoodGopherer. And if I still can’t then I use Yahoo as last resort (very rarely). I refuse to use Goolag’s search engine. And Bin (apart from belonging to the other Big Brother Microfuck) is absolutely useless. I could not even find Toyota’s official web site on it the other day! Unbelievable. You can find these 2 alternative search engines here: https://duckduckgo.com http://www.goodgopher.com Videos: For alternative news websites there should be some work done in order to move away from youtube’s monopoly. I understand that this is easier said than done and has a lot to do with revenue generation through Youtube’s advertising. Nevertheless, Youtube current monopoly on video publication on the web is enabling Goolag’s current censorship policy about anything the Deep State considers “unappropriated”. There are a few other sites such as Vimeo, Vidme and dailymotion that should be explored. A diversification away from current Youtube’s monopoly appears to be the only way forward.  

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Give Me Some Truth ET (not verified) Sun, 08/27/2017 - 21:00 Permalink

This IS a story. This is "the truth." YouTube did do this to Ron Paul.Now please note who had to bring this to our attention - WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.Any mainstream media organization COULD have reported this. Note that none did.  Again: The biggest part of their "jobs" these days is to conceal the truth, not to report it.It's not only what they do report, it's also all the news they could report, but choose not to.

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max-kisser yogibear Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:05 Permalink

I have two android devices. they both of course use goolag. Recently - last week - I closed the google account; so no more being able to update via goolag. But there is f-droid, and you can manually download updates. goolagMail is crap anyway. And the bloody security updates "someone has accessed your account" trash - when that someone is me. No more.

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