Hello All! If you haven’t heard of the Youtube controversy yet, it’s about “censorship.” While some will say that the new policy is not “censorship,” especially since Youtube is privately owned, in essence it is one big tool for shutting the mouths of those who are not politically correct (natural disasters are now a no-no too). So whatever you want to call it, it’s not good for free speech, learning about and sharing various opinions, and helping to keep this country from completely losing its democratic basis (a controlled and uninformed public simply can’t be democratic).
A number of articles say, quoting Youtube officials, that the policy isn’t new, actually. I don’t believe this. But if it’s true that it’s not new, the fact that Youtube is enforcing it now IS new. So it kind-of doesn’t matter–the point is just a deflection. This is what the policy says, in part: “Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown” will be demonetized.
If you’re a Christian or know about the culture wars that have been raging, you can imagine how stifling this policy might be. Youtube, arguably, would be able to demonetize anything. It has even demonetized suicide help videos. While the creators can petition Youtube to remonetize these videos, one only has to imagine the sweeping nature of this video censoring practice. Of course, if Youtube’s program is anything like Hilary’s email search engine, who knows what it’ll find or miss. And speaking of Hilary, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if she has something to do with this. Look at the timing, look at the ability to demonetize your work if it contains a “sensitive subject” or includes “political conflict” (and “natural disasters”?!?).
Please consider signing the little petition: Make Youtube Change Its New Community Guidelines . At the time of this writing, it needs one more signer in order for the petition to actually show up publicly at Change.org.
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