PragerU Sues YouTube and Google Over Censorship

“Watch any one of our videos and you’ll immediately realize that Google/YouTube censorship is entirely ideologically driven.”

Conservatives don't ask for special treatment, but we do ask for a level playing field. We ask for the chance for our message to be heard and decided on its own merits. Unfortunately, it's not just college campuses that are censoring our ideals. Conservative Dennis Prager's educational website, PragerU, has recently found their YouTube videos set to "restricted," and now, they're taking the video site to court. 

More than 30 PragerU videos are currently set to restricted, something that is usually done by schools or parents to keep kids away from inappropriate content. In this case, it's YouTube, and their parent company Google, making that decision. 

“We don’t censor anyone,” a Google employee told Prager U, although the company said it does “take into consideration what the intent of the video is” and “what the focus of the video is.”

Videos they've placed on restricted include "Why America Must Lead," "Are 1 in 5 Women Raped in College?" and "Why Don't Feminists Fight for Muslim Women?" On Monday, PragerU filed suit against YouTube and Google, alleging censorship. 

“Watch any one of our videos and you’ll immediately realize that Google/YouTube censorship is entirely ideologically driven,” founder Dennis Prager said in a statement. “For the record, our videos are presented by some of the finest minds in the Western world, including four Pulitzer Prize winners, former prime ministers, and professors from the most prestigious universities in America."

Of the online streaming giant, Prager added, "They are engaging in an arbitrary and capricious use of their ‘restricted mode’ and ‘demonetization’ to restrict non-left political thought. Their censorship is profoundly damaging because Google and YouTube own and control the largest forum for public participation in video-based speech in not only California, but the United States, and the world.”

 

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