YouTube has begun censoring content that does not violate any of their policies. Labelling a sizeable amount of content as “controversial religious or supremacist content,” YouTube has stated that any controversial political or religious content “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.” You read that right, ladies and gentlemen. YouTube is joining the “bash the fash” movement.
YouTube has had a rather dubious list of subjects that content creators are not permitted to criticize, namely:
- race or ethnic origin
- veteran status
- sexual orientation/gender identity.
For example, if a YouTuber’s video were to include negative or vindictive comments about the religion of Islam, imaginary genders, or the refugee crisis, then such a video is at risk of being taken down on the basis of violating YouTube’s hate speech policy. The all too-common “hate speech is not free speech” that has been promoted by movements such as Antifa and other far-left political activists (and, at times, by the alt-lite) adequately represents the decline of Western civilization into the festering cesspool of cultural Marxism.
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, heralded by many as the recent “Father of YouTube,” is notable for his lectures on subjects such as free speech, psychology, gender issues, and even Christianity. Peterson is notorious for being a human punching bag for campus liberals, as he is a fairly well-known professor in both the academic world and the interwebs. In one extremely well-received video, Peterson talks about how changing the world begins with cleaning your room, yet the man proceeds to get unprecedented amounts of hate in his own classroom. Peterson rose to internet glory when the Canada’s Bill C-16 was in utero.
As Peterson expressed his immense disapproval for the Canadian bill that would the public to use gender pronouns outside of the traditional he/him/his and she/her/hers, in absolute accordance with the person referred to, a video surfaced in October 2016 that showcased Peterson debating a group of proponents for the legislation to be passed. After gaining an international name and showcasing on several well-known YouTube channels, Peterson continued to direct much of his content creation towards the issue of Canada’s Bill C-16, criticism of postmodernism and Marxist theory, and an overall support for traditional gender norms.
Unsurprisingly, on the morning of August 1, 2017, Peterson awoke the world with a tweet.
Google has disabled my main account. No explanation given. Cannot access my YouTube channel.
— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) August 1, 2017
The explanation, however, can be found on YouTube’s official blog.
“Over the past weeks, we have begun working with more than 15 additional expert NGOs and institutions through our Trusted Flagger program, including the Anti-Defamation League, the No Hate Speech Movement, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. These organizations bring expert knowledge of complex issues like hate speech, radicalization, and terrorism that will help us better identify content that is being used to radicalize and recruit extremists. We will also regularly consult these experts as we update our policies to reflect new trends. And we’ll continue to add more organizations to our network of advisors over time.”
YouTube has officially teamed with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an outspokenly Jewish organization dedicated to protecting the gender pronouns of those who create imaginary genders and force others to use certain words. Of course as the ADL teams up with YouTube, any content that does not cater to the political left will find it more difficult to get across to YouTube’s user base. Peterson is a prime example of what more YouTubers may experience if they choose to exercise their First Amendment right.
Of course, deleting all of Peterson’s content would be too obvious. Naturally, it was decided that Peterson should be blocked so that no more of his supposedly “extremist” content could be produced. But, as it is so often stressed by the political right, there can be no free speech without hate speech. Censoring those who disagree with you is paramount to the removal to disagree with you at all; It is the infantilization of an entire demographic.
So, dear YouTube, in conclusion, we do not need less hate speech, we need more. In censoring an ideology, one only promotes an underground network whereby it is capable off festering exponential growth, similar to the advent of black markets in the wake of a product’s illegalization. YouTube has illegalized the promotion of an ideology that disagrees with that of the Anti-Defamation League, which has gone so far as to label even moderately right-wing news outlets as figures of hate. Buckle up, because 2017 is over halfway gone, and thing seem to only be getting worse.