No free speech allowed on YouTube.
Today’s blacklisting victim is not really an American, but since it is an American company doing the blacklisting I think the story is applicable. It appears Google-owned YouTube has decided to remove videos on the Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights’ channel that expose the genocide and ethnic cleansing that China is doing to as many as a million people in its Xinjiang region.
Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights’ channel has published nearly 11,000 videos on YouTube totaling over 120 million views since 2017, thousands of which feature people speaking to camera about relatives they say have disappeared without a trace in China’s Xinjiang region, where UN experts and rights groups estimate over a million people have been detained in recent years.
On June 15, the channel was blocked for violating YouTube’s guidelines, according to a screenshot seen by Reuters, after twelve of its videos had been reported for breaching its ‘cyberbullying and harassment’ policy.
The channel’s administrators had appealed the blocking of all twelve videos between April and June, with some reinstated – but YouTube did not provide an explanation as to why others were kept out of public view, the administrators told Reuters.
Following inquiries from Reuters as to why the channel was removed, YouTube restored it, explaining that it had received multiple so-called ‘strikes’ for videos which contained people holding up ID cards to prove they were related to the missing, violating a YouTube policy which prohibits personally identifiable information from appearing in its content. They reinstated the channel on June 18 but asked Atajurt to blur the IDs.
The channel does not want to blur the ID information because it is being given voluntarily and adds real credibility to the testimony in the videos. Rather than bow to YouTube’s censors, the channel has started to back up “content to Odysee, a website built on a blockchain protocol called LBRY, designed to give creators more control.” Almost a thousand videos have been moved, and can be seen here.
As usual, YouTube claims the censorship was merely a mistake made by automated software, and was not aimed by the content of the videos. Yet somehow, such mistakes seem to only happen to those opposed to communism or leftist dictatorship, either by China or by leftist thugs anywhere in the U.S. For example, YouTube has done nothing about videos that have personally made threats or slandered the founders of this human rights channel. Moreover, it seems at ease with the reality that pro-China groups manipulate its algorithms to silence their opponents.
Atajurt representatives fear pro-China groups who deny that human rights abuses exist in Xinjiang are using YouTube’s reporting features to remove their content by reporting it en masse, triggering an automatic block, [sharing] videos on WhatsApp and Telegram with Reuters which they said described how to report Atajurt’s YouTube videos.
This tactic is routinely used by the left, both on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, to shut down sites and people they don’t like. And these corrupt social media sites, dominated and controlled by leftists, seem quite happy to comply.
Once, the kneejerk response of all Americans to oppression and genocide was horror and full support for the people being oppressed and murdered. For an American company only a decade ago to provide any aid or comfort to China for these atrocities would have been considered inconceivable. No longer. Now we have many Americans — in corporate businesses and allied with these communist dictatorships — far more interested in looking the other way, or even helping with such oppression or genocide, if doing so helps those particular political causes. Ideology now trumps all.
And what are the good people in these big corporations doing? They are doing nothing, out of fear they might lose their jobs. In the end, however, this cowardice will get them nothing, for soon the genocides and oppression will spread and grow to engulf everyone. They will then not only lose their jobs, they will likely lose everything.
Just ask the surviving Germans in ruined Germany in 1946.
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