YouTube announced December 9 it will begin deleting videos alleging widespread election fraud in the 2020 US presidential election. Apparently, the Big Tech titan has decided not to confuse people with facts; just repeat the narrative mainstream media wants you to see.
The news release notes, “Since September, we’ve terminated over 8,000 channels and thousands of harmful and misleading elections-related videos for violating our existing policies.” Because December 8 was safe harbor date for the 2020 presidential election, YouTube now includes content questioning the safe harbor results as opposing its community guidelines.
But what about videos that reveal voter fraud? For example, Georgia’s Suitcasegate video showed a poll worker pulling out a suitcase after other poll workers had left for the night, personally scanning thousands of ballots on her own without supervision. The video even appears to show the poll worker scanning the same ballots multiple times.
Yet mainstream media gurus have allegedly debunked the case, though their verbal gymnastics remain unconvincing to those whose eyes are open to the facts. Now this video would not be permitted under YouTube’s community guidelines, hiding a key piece of evidence from the world’s largest online video platform.
BlazeTV host Dave Rubin tweeted regarding the news, “Starting today they will remove content about election fraud…even though there are court cases about election fraud going through the system at this very moment. Adios free speech. The bannings are coming.”
The cases Rubin notes includes a Texas lawsuit against four key battleground states (Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia) that has grown in strength with more than a dozen additional states joining its case. President Trump has even asked Texas Senator Ted Cruz to represent him in the case before the US Supreme Court.
According to YouTube’s standards, the leaders of a dozen-plus US states are promoting fake news that could not be hosted on their platform. In contrast, Fox News host Mark Levin noted the stark hypocrisy of the news release in tweeting, “Big Tech, oligopoly of the Left and Democrats; notice, they did no such thing with all the Russia collusion conspiracy theories that went on for years.”
The slippery slope of YouTube bias has now slipped completely off the tracks. When Facebook and Twitter increased censorship on their platforms, users rapidly joined conservative social media outlet Parler. Will conservatives now make a similar jump from YouTube?
Fast Company notes Rumble is the video platform many Trump supporters are flocking to for free speech. This began prior to YouTube’s free speech-censoring news, as conservative outlets began watching their livestreams, videos and comments disappear on controversial topics on YouTube in recent months.
Several conservative channels have been demonetized or banned in recent weeks. In 2019, popular conservative video host Steve Crowder’s site was demonetized for his controversial broadcasts. More recently, OANN was temporarily suspended and demonetized over a Covid-19 video. OANN blasted the suspension as an arbitrary rule targeting their right-of-center reporting.
In contrast, no similar demonetizing or deplatforming of leftist views has been observed. In fact, YouTube’s front page generally displays multiple mainstream outlets and their breaking news as some of its first videos. As YouTube serves as the primary news source for many Gen Z users, the battle for accurate news reporting stands increasingly biased toward those holding YouTube’s views.