The war between the American mainstream media and U.S. conservatives is heating up, thanks to the incessant censorship of social media platforms by the liberal left.
When first introduced, the concept of social media was an incredibly powerful tool for average Americans to have their voices heard. Platforms such as Twitter offered a realtime tool for users to express themselves and their First Amendment rights, without the leftist filters of the traditional media world suffocating and burying them.
The often-oppressed conservative base in the United States took to the new technology like a fish to water, allowing the traditional voices of our nation’s culture to connect, promote, and shine through the otherwise bleak media landscape. Of course, as with anything free, the party could only rage for so long before being interrupted by a liberal call for censorship and redirection.
First up was Facebook, who openly admitted to using a team of engineers to cull the conservative news outlets from the “trending topics” section of the site, artificially promoting left-leaning voices to the top of the heap. Once these censors established a regiment to deal with the onslaught of conservative thought, Mark Zuckerberg and crew soon allowed an algorithm to take over, arbitrarily removing any conservative opinions from the incredibly popular site.
Now it seems that YouTube is looking to follow suit, thanks in no small part to the site’s connection to parent company Google, who for years has been promoting a liberal lifestyle.
Not only has YouTube been downgrading conservative news sources in search results, but now, the site is actively looking to ban certain opinions from the platform if they don’t comply with the accepted mainstream narrative.
Famously, Alex Jones of Infowars has been targeted for removal from the streaming service simply for his questioning of Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg, whose own dubious behavior has been at the forefront of the massacre’s media representation.
Assisting YouTube and Google in this maneuver has been the Southern Poverty Law Center: A controversial group whose arbitrary decisions on “hate speech” have long been questioned by free speech experts.
“The left-wing nonprofit — which has more recently come under fire for labeling legitimate conservative organizations as ‘hate groups’ — is one of the more than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies in YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers” program, a source with knowledge of the arrangement told TheDC.
“All of the groups in the program have confidentiality agreements, a spokesperson for Google, YouTube’s parent company, previously told TheDC. A handful of YouTube’s ‘Trusted Flaggers,’ including the Anti-Defamation League and No Hate Speech — a European organization focused on combatting intolerance — have gone public with their participation in the program. The vast majority of the groups in the program have remained hidden behind their confidentiality agreements.“The SPLC’s close involvement in policing content on YouTube is likely to cause consternation among conservatives who worry that they may not be treated fairly. The left-wing group has consistently labeled pedestrian conservative organizations as ‘hate groups’ and has been directly tied to violence against conservatives in the past. Floyd Lee Corkins, who opened fire at the Family Research Center in 2012, said he chose the FRC for his act of violence because the SPLC listed them as a ‘hate group.’”