On Wednesday, Mike Cernovich said YouTube censored a video that shows far-left Antifa protesters chanting calls for gun violence against conservatives.
“If all you do is report what is going on with Antifa,” he said in a Periscope video, YouTube will censor you and give you a strike.
Here’s the video he initially posted to YouTube:
Later, he posted this:
The protest took place outside a gathering of conservatives and Trump supporters at an event which took place at CPAC.
“YouTube is using far-left groups to vet content. This is the result,” one person told Cernovich.
YouTube is using far-left groups to vet content. This is the result.
— Wesmoms 👌🏻 (@Wesmoms) March 1, 2018
One of the far-left groups tapped by YouTube is the Southern Poverty Law Center, according to Fox News, which reported:
YouTube has enlisted the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center to assist with policing content, according to The Daily Caller.
The SPLC’s site proudly declares that it has “toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation.” However, Politico asked if “SPLC is overplaying its hand” by “becoming more of a partisan progressive hit operation than a civil rights watchdog” during the Trump administration.
“Critics say the group abuses its position as an arbiter of hatred by labeling legitimate players ‘hate groups’ and ‘extremists’ to keep the attention of its liberal donors and grind a political ax,” Politico’s Ben Schreckinger wrote.
According to Peter Hasson, who cited an unnamed source with knowledge of the arrangement, the SPLC is just one of the more than 100 groups in YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers” program.
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.”
It’s unclear when the SPLC joined YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers” program. The program goes back to 2012 but exploded in size in recent years amid a Google push to increase regulation of the content on its platforms, which followed pressure from advertisers. Fifty of the 113 program members joined in 2017 as YouTube stepped up its content policing, YouTube public policy director Juniper Downs told a Senate committee in January.
Downs said the third-party groups work closely with YouTube’s employees to crack down on extremist content in two ways, both of which a Google spokesperson previously confirmed to TheDC.
Last year, Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle said the SPLC commonly lumps principled conservatives with actual racists and extremists and warned of the possibility that tech companies — like YouTube — could rely on the SPLC’s misleading definitions.
“Given the increasing tendency of powerful tech companies to flex their muscle against hate groups,” she said, “we may see more and more institutions unwittingly turned into critics or censors, not just of Nazi propaganda, but also of fairly mainstream ideas.”
It’s not known if the SPLC played a role in censoring Cernovich’s video. What is known is that we now live in an era where reporting the truth about a violent far-left group like Antifa has become a revolutionary act that companies like YouTube will not tolerate.
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