Big Tech’s role and reach in influencing political events has come into question again. This time, YouTube will be deleting thousands of accounts deemed ‘harmful’, including alleged ‘supremacists’ and conspiracy theorists.
Flat-Earthers and purveyors of alternative medicine will be hidden.
According to The Independent: “The decision was made after an in-depth review of its rules on hateful content, YouTube said. While it has always banned hate content in general, the site has allowed some specific kinds of harmful videos – such as those promoting Nazi ideology or claiming 9/11 did not happen – to continue being hosted on the site.”
“Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status,” it wrote in a blog post.” Calling to question the authenticity of censorship as being non-politically driven.
Many accounts won’t be deleted immediately, but some users have complained about a marked drop in recent views.
Alternative and social media has proven detrimental to the interests and politics of Big Tech and other major corporations–given the election of Trump and the Brexit referendum.
With the Mainstream Media’s viewing figures on the decline, the Alternative Media offers a more down-to-earth and personable outlet to issues concerning the Average Joe.
Slowly increasing censorship will indubitably drive people away from Mainstream sources as more distrust will arise due to the Mainstream Media’s participation in demonizing those at odds with their political views, as well as the frequent refutation of their narratives.
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