In my article, Youtube Censors TLC – Removes ROF Discord Hoax Video, I noted the fact that Youtube had removed one of my videos uploaded to their site. Here is a screenshot concerning the affair ∇
The stated reason for the strike was that I had violated Youtube’s policy concerning “harassment and bully” community guideline policy, despite the fact that I did nothing to to harass or bully anyone within the totality of the video (to prove my point you may listen to it here). Due my displeasure with the video hosting website’s censorship I posted another text-to-speech recording called “Youtube Censors My Video Discord Hoaxers Hoodwink ABC in Parkland Shooting+ROF Story.” This video was, itself, promptly removed by Youtube. Here is a screenshot ∇
Again they state that the reason for video termination was violation of harassment and bully policy. Again, this is manifestly false (you may listen to the broadcast of the 2nd censored video here).
Very little to say. I’m quite finished utilizing Youtube in any way. Even if you are big into Youtube, I’d highly recommend you start backing up your videos on other sites such as Pewtube and SPKOUT (BitChute). This is far from the first time Youtube has disregarded its own public stated community guidelines in the efforts to squeal dissenting views deemed too heretical (see my article on the topic here), but we shant get into that again here. Rather we shall turn our eyes to YT’s publicly available community guidelines. Youtube has a fairly simple, straightforward and ostensibly fair user policy which state that all forms of expression and speech are allowed, save for the following:
- Nudity & sexual content
- Harmful or dangerous content
- Hateful content
- Violent or graphic content
- Harassment and cyberbullying
- Spam misleading metadata and scams
- Copyright violation
- Privacy violation
- Child endangerment
- Additional policies
One instantly realizes that the last guideline is the strangest as it is the most vague. If one clicks upon the ‘additional policies’ page they are listed as 4-fold: Vulgar language, overly inactive accounts and, lastly, encouraging others to violate Youtube terms of service announcement (whether or not one violates the rules oneself), violation of age restrictions. All simple enough. The pertinent question then is, are those prominent individuals whom Youtube has been mass demonetizing, censoring and/or outright banning in violation of such rules? The answer is: it doesn’t matter. A anecdotal bolster as to why this doesn’t matter is that after I had contacted Youtube to repeal their take down of my two previously posted videos, they responded quite promptly and insisted that I had indeed broken their rules concerning harassment and bully.
They did not explain WHO I was harassing, or WHO I was bullying nor HOW, they didn’t even try to make up some kind of loop-holish justification. They just said, nope ya broke the rules. This leads me to believe that Susan Wojcicki read The Trial as a handbook rather than a cautionary tale of absurdist and dystopian draconianism.