YouTube's Latest Purge

by Kit Knightly on Off Guardian

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Video sharing platform enforces new rules against "extremist content".

YouTube has just announced they have changed their "community standards" to combat "extremist content" on their platform. This is just the latest step in the war against free speech online.

This move comes as no surprise - the press have been laying the groundwork for this for weeks, even months.

Three weeks ago Buzzfeed reported that YouTube's monetised chat was "pushing creators to more extreme content", and just yesterday it was reported that YouTube's recommend algorithm was "sexualising children".

You cannot move for stories about how bad YouTube is.

Given that, it comes as no surprise that the mainstream media are celebrating this latest "purge".The Guardian reported:

YouTube bans videos promoting Nazi ideology

Whilst the Financial Times went with:

YouTube to ban supremacist videos

Both these headlines are wildly inaccurate, deliberately playing the racism/white supremacy angle in the hopes that people will clap along without reading anything else.

Vox was a little more truthful in its headline, reporting:

YouTube finally banned content from neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and Sandy Hook skeptics

The Independent likewise:

YouTube to delete thousands of accounts after it bans supremacists, conspiracy theorists and other ‘harmful’ users

However, even these headlines - though a touch closer to the whole truth - leave out some really important information (I'm sure entirely by accident).

As much as the media are playing the neo-Nazi/hate speech angle, there's far more to it than that.

To really dig down into what this means, we need to ignore the media and go straight to the source. This is YouTube's official statement on the matter, posted on their blog.

The bans, contrary to the media headlines, are not about racism. They are far more incoherent than that - they are about "supremacist content".

YouTube's delightfully vague description of which, is as follows:

videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Honestly, almost any video you wanted - that expresses a political position - could be twisted into fitting that description. But it doesn't end there:

Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place.

What does "well documented" mean? It's a deliberately ambiguous phrase.

The cited examples, the Holocaust and Sandy Hook, are chosen for shock value - but they are only examples: "Like the holocaust".

What other examples might there be? The Douma gas attack from last year? The poisoning of Sergei Skripal?

You can't deny people the right to ask simple questions. "Did that really happen?", "Is the government telling the truth?"

These are the basic questions of journalism. You can't simply pass history off as "well documented" and put it beyond question. Don't let them cite the Holocaust as an example to bully you into silence. Free speech applies to all topics, and all opinions, no matter how "well documented" they are.

In an increasingly fake world, where government actions are routinely narrative-based rather than reality-based, outlawing the ability to simply say "that didn't happen, you made that up!" is incredibly powerful.

It doesn't stop at that either, "violent incidents" are just the start. There are other kinds of "harmful content":

harmful misinformation, such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the earth is flat

Again, note the use of extreme examples - flat earth and "miracle cures". It's manipulation. What they're talking about is "well documented" science. They mean the big three: Climate change, GM crops and vaccinations. Questioning any of those will become "harmful".

People will say "obviously people shouldn't be allowed to question vaccination", but they're wrong. People should - people must - be allowed to question everything. That's what free speech means. Imagine this was seventy years ago, corporate consensus then was that smoking was good for you. Studies saying otherwise would have been described as "harmful misinformation" that were "shaking public confidence in our industry".

Whether censoring lies or censoring truth, censorship serves the same agenda - protecting authority. What is "harmful content"? Harmful content is anything that attacks the "well documented" official consensus.

For that matter, what is hate speech? The phrase is used half-a-dozen times in the statement, but it can mean all kinds of things.

Critics giving bad reviews to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the Ghostbusters remake were described as "misogynists" just because the main characters were women. Will poorly reviewing films with a female, or ethnic minority, main character be hate speech too?

This might seem a trivial example, but it hands enormous power to film studios to shut down negative opinions on their films, and Hollywood is a huge propaganda outlet for mainstream ideology. Besides, the triviality is the point.

This blanket term can be applied anywhere and everywhere, and with the increasingly hysterical tone of identity politics, almost anything could be deemed "hate speech".

As we have said many times, "hate speech" is a term which can mean whatever they want it to mean. YouTube are expanding on that though, creating a whole new category called "almost a bit like hate speech".

Yes, you don't even have to actually break the rules anymore:

In addition to removing videos that violate our policies, we also want to reduce the spread of content that comes right up to the line.

See? YouTube will ban channels, or at least suppress creators, who "bump up against the line".

Meaning, even if you're incredibly clever, and work seriously hard to keep anything that a dishonest mind could potentially twist into "hate speech" out of your content... they'll just ban you anyway and claim you "nearly did hate speech".

Another way they're combatting all this "dangerous misinformation" is by "boosting authoritative sources":

For example, if a user is watching a video that comes close to violating our policies, our systems may include more videos from authoritative sources (like top news channels) in the "watch next" panel.

For example, if you watch an alt-news interview with Vanessa Beeley, your next "recommended video" will be a piece of [del]western propaganda[/del] mainstream news from [del]a massive corporate interest[/del] an authoritative source telling you to ignore everything you just heard, and/or calling Beeley an "apologist for war crimes".

It's a beautiful system, really. Very efficient and not-at-all Orwellian.

Don't worry though, you can still use the platform, as long as Google trusts you (emphasis ours):

Finally, it’s critical that our monetization systems reward trusted creators who add value to YouTube. We have longstanding advertiser-friendly guidelines that prohibit ads from running on videos that include hateful content and we enforce these rigorously... In the case of hate speech, we are strengthening enforcement of our existing YouTube Partner Program policies. Channels that repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies will be suspended from the YouTube Partner program, meaning they can’t run ads on their channel or use other monetization features like Super Chat.

See? If you're a "trusted creator" you still get your ad money. Just don't break the rules - or even come near breaking the rules - or the money stops.

This is about creating an environment free of hate, and NOT enforcing a state-backed consensus using vague threats to people's financial well-being. Shame on you for thinking otherwise.

Now, how will YouTube decide which stories "come up to the line" or "spread misinformation" or "hate speech"? How is it determined which users are "trusted creators"?

Well, simply put, the government will tell them. YouTube freely admits to this. Outside of its wishy-washy definitions, its incredibly vague buzzwords, and its platitude filled "reassurances", the most important part of YouTube's statement is this:

As we do this, we’re partnering closely with lawmakers and civil society around the globe to limit the spread of violent extremist content online.

"Partnering closely with lawmakers" means "working with the government", essentially an admission that YouTube (owned by Google, in turn, owned by Alphabet Corp.) will remove any videos the state orders them to remove.

Something we all knew already, but it's refreshing they're admitting it.

So, some questions arise:

  1. Will this be the death of youtube as any kind of source for alternate information?
  2. What will be classified as "conspiracy theories"?
  3. What about, for example, people questioning the official story of the Douma "attack"? Or MH17?
  4. How long before there is a mass migration to rival platforms?
  5. Will those platforms be allowed to exist?

If you know of any good channels that are being shut down, let us know below and we'll see if we can put together a list.

In the meantime, we suggest migrating to other video platforms, such as d.tube or bitchute. We will be embedding/linking to non-YouTube videos wherever possible. If you have any other alternate platforms to recommend, post them below and we'll add links to them as well.

  • 9 comments
    last comments from Off Guardian
    Question This 16 Jun 2019 | 10:29 am

    In reply to Frank Speaker.

    Wait what..

    I'm sorry whats your definition of free speech again, only speech that isn't potentially harmful? Sounds remarkably familiar. Who chooses whats harmful?

    Whats the point of existing if you live in fear of not existing? This site is beginning to resemble its nemesis in more ways than I thought. It's getting very 'cliquey' !

    Frank Speaker 16 Jun 2019 | 10:14 am

    In reply to Question This.

    Deliberate attempts by agent provocateurs to discredit a site and have it shutdown is free speech in your book? Then there will be no sites left for us to comment on!

    threedawgs123 15 Jun 2019 | 10:16 pm

    In reply to Frank Speaker.

    There Should be numerous alternatives to Google, Android, MSN, facebook, etc., etc., etc., etc.,

    threedawgs123 15 Jun 2019 | 10:13 pm

    In reply to Richard Wicks.

    The consequences need to be 100% eradication by violence and subsequent torturing of the top 30-35% of the perps involved with the tyranny of mankind!

    threedawgs123 15 Jun 2019 | 9:40 pm

    Most of these 'so-called' 'alternative' media blogsites are mere CIA collectionsites; this site is no exception!

    Mucho 14 Jun 2019 | 2:05 pm

    In reply to Yarkob.

    This answer is riddled with problems, but it's pointless speaking with you because YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE CONTENT!……..none of it! You have no idea what is discussed or presented in the clips I posted, because you haven't watched them. You have not challenged a single issue raised in more than 6 hours of what I would describe as, on the whole, decent, credible, compelling material, which I have posted. And whether you like it or not, those "scientists" I linked to are very much the individuals the MSM pushes as the reps of the globe model, the "in the know" scientists who sell NASA's story, endorsed by BBC and US mainstream, establishment puppets basically, the ones the public identify with, and very much ones you must have faith in and agree with, by default. If you disagree with their views and claims, please elaborate.

    For you to sit there, all high and mighty, assuming you understand what I have posted, to the point that you develop a superiority complex and label what I posted as "nonsense", when in reality you are 100% ignorant of the content, is laughable. For me, it's just a big yawn, another chat with another hypnotised human, totally incapable of grasping the extent to which they are under a spell, you cannot bring yourself to view content which shatters your hard wired belief system.

    I have presented other disciples of proven liars some of these clips, but they always get angry and refuse to watch, they don't want to see them and have their fake world exposed for the pile of smouldering plastic trash it truly is.

    Planetary mechanics. The scientists who claim to know planetary mechanics, you know, they've got all God's work licked, they know how it all works. Sure. Well those same scientists put a lot of faith into and get a lot of their info from this company called NASA. NASA has been involved in many suspected hoaxes, and they have strong links to the OCCULT, including the use of a large amount of occultist symbology in their company designs. If we are to believe in NASA, we are expected to believe, that purely by chance, there is an image of Pluto the dog, on Pluto the planet. Don't believe me? Well, allow NASA's own imagery to explain.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/pluto-pluto-disney-dog-dwarf-6069062

    Have fun on your merry go round!

    Jihadi Colin 10 Jun 2019 | 2:10 am

    Good riddance to YouTube. Maybe with their video addiction turned off, people will finally begin reading the written word again. One virtually stopped writing because absolutely nobody reads any longer. I have no sympathy for people with attention spans too short to read a well researched and well written article. If they're left stranded high and dry by YouTube, that's all right with me.

    Question This 9 Jun 2019 | 9:21 pm

    In reply to Guy.

    I'm afraid that's not something i could personally get involved with, I wouldn't sign up to either utube of bit-tube/bitchute due to their invasion into my privacy. I don't agree to their T&C's

    However its a fairly simple thing to do , if you have say firefox anyone could use an browser extension like "youtube video & audio downloader" to download from youtube & uploading is relatively simple to another platform, just follow the instructions.

    Guy 9 Jun 2019 | 8:39 pm

    In reply to Question This.

    Should this video not be turned into BitChte or something as it is worth while saving.
    I unfortunately do not have the savey to do that .

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