“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” — George Orwell
The hack Orwellian platform YouTube took down more than 100,000 individual videos during the second quarter of the year. It has been run-rating 30,000 a month since. The number of comments removed during the same period doubled to over 500 million, due in part to its dubious new “hate-speech policy.”
YouTube channels serving conspiracy inquiry or unapproved political messages are labelled as “hate speech” and shut down by the thousands. Yet, the promotion of murder, drugs, criminal activity and gang life to young people is perfectly acceptable to the hypocrites at Google/Alphabet. We discussed this in our post YouTube Hypocrisy 101 and Rapster Felon Bobby Shmurda.
On Oct. 17, the large, politically moderate and quite-reasonable “Red Ice TV” channel was deleted. Red Ice’s crime was focusing on real issues and real news. Can’t have that. Red Ice was popular, garnering more than 45 million views, more than 326,000 subscribers and nearly 2,000 videos. Fortunately, Red Ice has preserved their work and is still on the alternative channels. Demonstrating the Streisand Effect, their subscribers have picked up noticeably since the ban.
YouTube deleted our backup YouTube channel https://t.co/OgQHGqdFxs / https://t.co/GK9jSer0uT
— Red Ice TV 🛡 (@redicetv) October 22, 2019
One of the games YouTube plays is to ignore Fair Use copyright law. Censors acknowledge it selectively for videos that don’t counter Orwellian narratives. The idea, it seems, is to identify and target certain channels for the penalty box, with initial strikes designed to encourage self-censorship. Hitting channels with a strike for covering newsworthy clips is unethical and in bad faith.
This week, we stumbled across a new website called altCensored.com that has rescued and restored a catalog of 29,000 censored videos so far, including content deleted from YouTube. The catalog is increasing at a nice clip. We submitted to @altcensored some our favorites that we suspect are on YouTube’s purge list.
AltCensored’s site presentation is clean and usable. In looking through it, we were pleased to discover some old YouTube channels that we haven’t seen in a couple years. In fact, we’re going to use one of them — called “This is Europa” — in our Video Spotlight box (right column of home page) to give these channels some traction.
When you watch “This is Europa” — a benign but wonderful video — you will realized just how extreme even limited state censorship is. Winter Watch has dozens of lost YouTube videos embedded in articles, and we are going to submit these and try and restore them.
We recommend that all our readers submit their favorite channels and videos that they suspect may be next on YouTube’s chopping block. It should be obvious by now that we all need to be proactive.
You can contact AltCensored at @altcensored on Twitter. We found their response was quick, as they seem to be actively monitoring input.
Good on you, AltCensored!