If they can censor major US presidential candidates, they can censor anyone — and we know on behalf of whom.
By Jonathan Turley at jonathanturley.org:
YouTube has continued its censorship of those with opposing positions on Covid 19 and so called ‘vaccines’. This week it prevented users from hearing the views of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Despite Kennedy running on the failures of the pandemic response, YouTube will not allow users to hear what it considers harmful thoughts.
On Sunday, both Kennedy and podcast host Jordan Peterson tweeted that they were the latest to be censored by the company. Kennedy tweeted: “What do you think… Should social media platforms censor presidential candidates? My conversation with [Peterson] was deleted by [YouTube].”
He added: “Luckily you can watch it here on [Twitter] (thank you [Elon Musk]).”
The incident shows why many on the left continue an unrelenting attack on Musk and Twitter. Musk eliminated most of the company’s censorship system and, despite a few censorship controversies, the site is now the most open social media site among the major companies.
A Google spokesperson told Fox News Digital YouTube “removed a video from the Jordan Peterson channel for violating YouTube’s general vaccine misinformation policy, which prohibits content that alleges that vaccines cause chronic side effects, outside of rare side effects that are recognized by health authorities.”
Rather than allow experts and others to debate that question, Google and YouTube will not allow the debate to occur. It is consistent with calls from Democratic leaders for dissenting voices to be removed on subjects ranging from Covid to gender identity to climate control.
We have been discussing efforts by figures like Hillary Clinton to enlist European countries to force Twitter to restore censorship rules. Unable to rely on corporate censorship or convince users to embrace censorship, Clinton and others are resorting to good old-fashioned state censorship, even asking other countries to censor the speech of American citizens.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s twitter page: https://twitter.com/RobertKennedyJr
YouTube doesn’t like Oliver Stone’s 2016 documentary Ukraine on Fire either, which is about the Obama administration’s overthrow in 2014 of the pro-Russian government in Ukraine and its replacement with a pro-US one. It has prevented premium users from downloading it and has put a content warning on it, even though there is plenty of war footage on YouTube, which is a lot more gruesome, without such a warning.