YouTube Facing Public Criticism of Its Demonetization of Conservative Commentators
Right now, YouTube is a near monopoly when it comes to user created videos on the internet. That may be changing, however, as YouTube brings the heavy hand of censorship down on its users in an effort to silence conservative critics of the government:
Last month, YouTube quietly made moves to remove advertisements on certain types of content that it says is not consistent with its terms of service. YouTube doesn’t serve ads on demonetized videos, meaning big hits to the bottom line for conservative YouTube personalities.
YouTube says that its efforts are aimed at cracking down on hate speech, but conservative and right-wing video creators say they’re frustrated by the changes.
YouTube says that while it respects principles of free speech, its policies are at aimed at making sure advertisers’ needs are met.
But “Diamond and Silk,” two prominent pro-Trump YouTube creators who were hit hard by the site’s demonetization policies, believe they were targeted for their support for Trump.
“Wow was it ok to monetize our videos for the past two years and now those same videos are no longer eligible for monetization?” the two women, who have also appeared regularly on Fox News, asked.
“I think it would be insane to suggest there’s not an active effort to censor conservative and independent views,” Lauren Southern, a conservative internet personality, told the Daily Caller.
“There’s no merit hiring, there’s no support of free speech and there certainly is not an equal representation of political views at these companies,” Southern said, criticizing Silicon Valley.