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YouTube's Latest Purge

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Video sharing platform enforces new rules against "extremist content"

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YouTube has just announced they have changed their "community standards" to combat "extremist content" on their platform. This is just the latest step in the war against free speech online.

This move comes as no surprise - the press have been laying the groundwork for this for weeks, even months.

Three weeks ago Buzzfeed reported that YouTube's monetised chat was "pushing creators to more extreme content", and just yesterday it was reported that YouTube's recommend algorithm was "sexualising children".

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You cannot move for stories abouthow bad YouTube is.

Given that, it comes as no surprise that the mainstream media are celebrating this latest "purge". The Guardian reported:

"YouTube bans videos promoting Nazi ideology"

Whilst the Financial Times went with:

"YouTube to ban supremacist videos"

Both these headlines are wildly inaccurate, deliberately playing the racism/white supremacy angle in the hopes that people will clap along without reading anything else.

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Vox was a little more truthful in its headline, reporting:

YouTube finally banned content from neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and Sandy Hook skeptics

The Independent likewise:

"YouTube to delete thousands of accounts after it bans supremacists, conspiracy theorists and other 'harmful' users"

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Censorship is never the answer. More speech is the answer to hate speech. How about allowing pop-ups with counter information? Sometimes a spark of the imagination comes from unexpected sources. Censorship is as dangerous as hate speech.

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(If you're compiling a casualty list, you can add Press For Truth to it, as YouTube demonetized them completely a few days ago.)

I love the way State censorship is being executed behind this overt facade of "private company privilege". Surely people see this(?)

I easily dumped every Google service a long time ago, with the exception of YouTube, for now, as a one-way resource (for my own benefit). I will not create any business model that relies on Google or Facebook or any large centralized service for its revenue.

I do as little as possible to justify the existence of any of these companies, and I don't allow the trackers of these companies to talk to my computer or devices.

Internet fascism can only exist where it has centralized control of your information and your platform. The emerging decentralized services are the way out. Support them, and you regain your rights and freedoms online.

Personally, I always thought it was a form of suicide to not only trust everyone with your personal info, but to also build entire "worlds" on their controlled platforms that could be screwed with at their discretion. Never went along with that one.

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Ah, Dear Advocate, how I wish I sat in your seat (stood in your shoes).

Ninety has arrived too soon for me.

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