YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has hilariously received the 2021 Free Expression Award - which, as one can tell by looking in the upper-right corner of the 'awards ceremony' - was sponsored by YouTube.
The award, given last week, 'supports the educational work of the Freedom Forum Institute by recognizing individuals for their courageous acts of free and fearless expression.'
Of course, one is free to express themselves on YouTube - unless you're Steven Crowder, Alex Jones, Donald Trump, The Epoch Times, OANN, or anyone else hoping for visibility or monetization of any content slightly right of Mao.
Thankful for the freedom of expression afforded to me by YouTube. pic.twitter.com/Z2DtLcwz5i— Gar🐝 J👀man (@Gee2TheAitch) April 18, 2021
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In the digital awards ceremony, YouTube video creator Molly Burke praised Wojcicki as a “free speech leader” before the YouTube CEO detailed in her acceptance speech how much the platform censors its users, according to a report by RT.
“The freedoms we have, we really can’t take for granted,” Wojcicki declared, adding that “we also need to make sure there are limits.” Literally, right after giving herself an award for being a free speech activist, she admits that she’s not a free speech activist and censors people, putting a limit on free speech.
If there are limits, it isn’t free speech. But Wojcicki doesn’t care because she gave herself this award, so it can be as hypocritical as she wants. She added that YouTube removed nine million videos in the last quarter, 90% of which were taken down by machines. She also said there is “a lot of content that technically meets the spirit of what we’re trying to do, but it is borderline, and so for that content, we will just reduce – meaning we’re not going to recommend it to our users.”
Thankfully, the irony was not lost on the public. YouTube and Wojcicki were thrashed for this:
since no one else has, it looks like i'm going to have to be the one who posts this pic. pic.twitter.com/1P50ipw9Qg— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) April 19, 2021