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YouTube labels conservative free speech ‘potentially offensive’

Thursday, October 20, 2016 23:26
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YouTube recently declared a series of videos with conservative themes “potentially offensive” and moved them to the website’s restricted section.

The videos were part of the popular PragerU channel, the brainchild of conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager.

Prager’s videos are well-produced and explore topics ranging from ISIS and the U.S.’s conflicts overseas to social justice and police misconduct at home.

YouTube deemed the educational videos too risqué for young Americans viewing its website.

As explained by The College Fix:

The videos that have been blacklisted represent 10 percent of the PragerU collection and tackle subjects such as race relations, terrorism and higher education. YouTube categorized them into “restricted mode,” meant for inappropriate and objectionable adult and sexual content.

In an emailed statement to The College Fix, a Google representative (YouTube is owned by Google) stated that “we haven’t age-restricted any of the videos” although “people who have chosen to enable the Restricted Mode setting on YouTube may not see these videos. While educational, the videos are about sensitive topics such as rape and terrorism which may not be suitable for all audiences.”

In a statement to The College Fix, Dennis Prager, a nationally syndicated talk show host and co-founder of PragerU, said that “if people wish to understand what is going on with YouTube restricting Prager University videos that have absolutely no violence nor the slightest sexual content, they should read Jonah Goldberg’s classic work, ‘Liberal Fascism.’”

“The combination of an ever growing state and gigantic businesses and universities run by people with left-wing values has already rendered America less free than it has ever been,” Prager added. “For those of us old enough to remember when ‘It’s a free country’ was a cliche, this is sad beyond words.”

Here are some of the titles YouTube restricted:

  • Are the Police Racist?
  • Why Don’t Feminists Fight for Muslim Women?
  • Why Did America Fight the Korean War?
  • Who’s More Pro-Choice: Europe or America?
  • What ISIS wants
  • Islamic Terror: What Muslim Americans Can Do
  • Did Bush Lie About Iraq?
  • Who NOT to Vote For
  • Israel: The World’s Most Moral Army
  • Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology
  • The Most Important Question About Abortion
  • Why Do People Become Islamic Extremists?
  • What is the University Diversity Scam?
  • He Wants You
  • Israel’s Legal Founding
  • Pakistan: Can Sharia and Freedom Coexist?

Since YouTube made the decision, more than 65,000 Americans have signed a petition requesting that the video sharing giant end its censorship of the PragerU channel.

The post YouTube labels conservative free speech ‘potentially offensive’ appeared first on Personal Liberty®.


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