As the internet rose to prominence over the course of the last two and a half decades, a number of innovations seem to stand out among early adopters.
Realtime chatting with other users was, at the time, a revolutionary act of ingenuity that defied all logic and scared the living crud out of the more timid Americans. As credit card data began to fly around the world wide web, some abstained, until another revolutionary maneuver – the advent of PayPal and the digital dollar.
And, in what could be arguably the most important improvement of the revolutionary network yet, streaming video was invented and adopted by platforms such as YouTube and Netflix.
YouTube became the de facto way to deliver information on the internet. As digital storage became exponentially simpler to attain, and video was compressible to useful size, there was no reason not to embrace the digital film revolution.
Now, as the leader in user-generated video, YouTube has an effective monopoly on the upload market. (Facebook would have a legitimate claim as challenger if they hadn’t accidentally broadcasted so many murders, suicides, and hate crimes.
With this monopoly, YouTube has brandished a mighty axe, having been unafraid of clashing with conservative news outlets on a fairly regular basis. Now, the website is warning users against a piece of humor on the site, just because it pokes fun at the left’s newest darling: Parkland survivor David Hogg.
A satirical video that overdubs fiery rhetoric of Adolf Hitler (in German) over a speech given by student activist David Hogg at Saturday’s “March for our Lives” in Washington has earned it a warning to would-be viewers on YouTube.
The video channel, owned by Google, flagged the 56-second send-up of the gun control advocate — who shot to fame following his reporting and commentary at the Parkland, Fla. school shootings — as “inappropriate” or “offensive.”
Viewers attempting to watch the video were met with the following message, and then had to click “I understand and wish to proceed” in order to play it…
According to YouTube’s warning, the content “has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.”
This is simply another attempt by the leftist techno media to turn down the volume of the voices who rage against their liberal world view.
What’s worse still is YouTube’s positioning at the top of the streaming heap. Sure, there are alternatives to the simple video upload service, but none have the built-in audience that the originators have. This means that, through their censorship, YouTube is essentially, and maybe literally, denouncing Free Speech on their platform – something that most experts will agree is a precursor to outright fascism.