“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” — George Orwell
The hack Orwellian platform YouTube took down more than 100,000 individual videos during the second quarter of the year. It has been run-rating 30,000 a month since. The number of comments removed during the same period doubled to over 500 million, due in part to its dubious new “hate-speech policy.”
YouTube channels serving conspiracy inquiry or unapproved political messages are labelled as “hate speech” and shut down by the thousands. Yet, the promotion of murder, drugs, criminal activity and gang life to young people is perfectly acceptable to the hypocrites at Google/Alphabet. We discussed this in our post YouTube Hypocrisy 101 and Rapster Felon Bobby Shmurda.
On Oct. 17, the large, politically moderate and quite-reasonable “Red Ice TV” channel was deleted. Red Ice’s crime was focusing on real issues and real news. Can’t have that. Red Ice was popular, garnering more than 45 million views, more than 326,000 subscribers and nearly 2,000 videos. Fortunately, Red Ice has preserved their work and is still on the alternative channels. Demonstrating the Streisand Effect, their subscribers have picked up noticeably since the ban.
One of the games You Tube plays is ignoring fair use copyright law. They use it selectively on channels who counter their Orwellian narrative. They idea is to keep target channels in the penalty box with strikes which brings about self censoring. Hitting channels with a strike for covering newsworthy clips is unethical and in bad faith.
This week we stumbled across a new website called altCensored.com that has rescued and restored a catalog of 29,000 censored videos so far, including content deleted from YouTube. The catalog is increasing at a nice clip. I submitted to @altcensored some our favorites that we suspect are on YouTube’s purge list.
AltCensored’s site presentation is clean and usable. In looking through it, I was pleased to discover some old YouTube channels that I haven’t seen in a couple years. In fact, I’m going to use one of them — called “This is Europa” — in our Video Spotlight box (right column of home page) to give these channels some traction.
When you watch “This is Europa” — a benign but wonderful video — you will realized just how extreme even limited state censorship is. Winter Watch has dozens of lost YouTube videos embedded in our articles, and we are going to submit these and try and restore them.
I recommend that all our readers submit their favorite channels and videos that may be next on YouTube’s chopping block. It should be obvious by now that we all need to be proactive.
You can contact AltCensored at @altcensored on Twitter. I found their response was quick, as they seem to be actively monitoring input.