It’s no secret that conservative videos have been targeted on YouTube. One bro has had enough. He’s fighting back.
Dennis Prager, (whose videos we’ve featured here on ClashDaily,) is slapping back at YouTube for censoring his Prager University videos.
Prager University, a nonprofit that produces short, educational videos from conservative perspectives, is suing YouTube and its parent company, Google, claiming the tech giant is illegally censoring some of its content as part of a wider effort to silence conservative voices.
A lawsuit filed Monday evening in federal court in San Francisco says YouTube’s more than 30 million visitors a day make the site so elemental to free speech in the digital age that it should be treated as a public forum.
Source: Wall Street Journal
YouTube has demonetized videos by conservatives but seems to have a particular hate on for conservative talk show host, Dennis Prager.
Last October, 21 Prager U videos were categorized as ‘Potentially Objectionable Content’ and only available in Restricted Mode — unavailable to those under 18. That represented approximately 10 percent of their vidoes.
Prager U initially posted an online petition to fight the censorship.
YouTube is censoring 21 PragerU videos! We've worked quietly behind the scenes for months to resolve this, but YouTube's…
The group has created a petition to get YouTube to stop the censorship, and has already received more than 20,000 signatures. The 21 videos account for 10 percent of PragerU’s video collection, and include videos asking: “Are the Police Racist?” “Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College?” and “Is America Racist?”
PragerU, or Prager University, is the brainchild of radio host Dennis Prager, and offers short, five-minute videos about a range of topics presented from a Judeo-Christian and conservative perspective. The videos use slick graphics and statistics to summarize complex issues such as racism and foreign policy.
Source: Washington Examiner
But it’s been no better.
In June, Mike Rowe — perhaps the most non-controversial, non-partisan guy on the planet — had his Prager U Commencement video labeled ‘Restricted’.
According to YouTube standards, the label applies to content that includes:
- Vulgar language
- Violence and disturbing imagery
- Nudity and sexually suggestive content
- Portrayal of harmful or dangerous activities
What offensive thing did Rowe post?
Essentially, get a job. There are lots of good ones out there that don’t require a degree from
an expensive, leftist indoctrination center college or university.
Rowe shot back via Facebook:
Holy Bleep! I've Been Restricted! Last June, I was invited by Dennis Prager to give the commencement speech at his…
And the restricting of videos continues.
Dennis Prager has had it.
Can you blame him?
Of course, YouTube is a private company, and can do as they like, right? It’s not ‘censorship’ it’s their choice, right?
As the ‘new media’ becomes the media that more and more people rely on, there have been calls on both the left and the right for regulation. Some have said that since Google, Facebook, and YouTube are so relied upon, they should be considered in the same way as a public utility. That’s a point worthy of debate later. It is true though, that increasingly, as the ‘old media’ of newspapers and television news dies out, more people are turning to Facebook, YouTube, and Google for their information. It’s no secret that Google was in bed with Hillary during the election. (Sorry for that mental image!) And then there was the whole Google Memo debacle where an engineer was fired a few months ago for disagreeing with leftist dogma. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg isn’t hiding his political agenda that tilt towards globalist leftism à la Barack Obama.
Consider as well, if the ‘Restricted’ designation is applied to videos that don’t actually violate the clearly stated YouTube content standards, then it must be the censorship of the ideas in the videos. This is a breach of contract on YouTube’s part as it is no longer a platform for all people, just the ones that agree with their ideology.
Many conservatives have also questioned whether the YouTube ‘Trending’ list has been politicized, as there are conservative videos that get millions of views that don’t make it on the list while The Young Turks — a leftist ‘Resist’ channel is almost a staple on there with their tens of thousands of views.
With Prager U videos following the guidelines — upholding their end of the agreement, while YouTube restricts access to their videos — a clear violation on their part, no wonder Dennis Prager is making a legal challenge.
Don’t forget, YouTube is doing nothing to restrict content to ‘Queer Kid Stuff’ — a self-described LGBTQ+ channel for preschool kids. As a matter of fact, it’s available on YouTube Kids App.
ClashDaily covered that channel here:
Gee, why is Dennis Prager so upset?
We need to fight back this nonsense.
Here’s a fantastic first step:
Does your grandpa go off on paltry politicians, whether they be Democrats or Republicans? Does he get misty eyed when he talks about God and Country and America’s future? And have you ever heard him scream, ‘Awww … Hell no!’ when Rosie O’Donnell starts yapping on television? If you answered yes to one, or all of the above, then your gramps will love Doug Giles’ latest book, My Grandpa Is A Patriotic Badass.
Don’t be fooled by the title — this ain’t just for Grandpa.
The Snowflake Generation — and the rest of America — needs a good ol’ dose of ‘Grandpa wisdom’.
Especially if that Grandpa is Doug Giles.
You’ll love My Grandpa Is A Patriotic Badass just as much as Grandpa will.