Big Tech executives are at it again.
According to the Daily Wire, YouTube is enforcing a post-election-era policy that bans users from uploading footage of former President Donald Trump’s recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida without providing “countervailing viewpoints” about the results of the 2020 race.
This means it’s impossible to find a clip of Trump’s CPAC speech on YouTube that is unedited and in its entirety without at least some commentary included along with it.
According to the Daily Caller, Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) learned this rule the hard way after it posted a clip of Trump’s talk at CPAC. The video was promptly removed and RSBN’s YouTube channel was suspended for two weeks, as the network later confirmed.
YouTube drops the hammer
YouTube, for its part, appears to be taking issue with comments made by Trump at CPAC about the 2020 election. At one point in his speech, the former president said he might run for the White House again in 2024 and “win” for a “third time,” the Daily Caller reported.
According to YouTube, that line violates its election integrity policy.
A spokesperson for the Google-owned video platform told the Daily Caller that the rule prohibits “content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches changed the outcome of any past U.S. presidential election.”
For the 2020 election, this policy reportedly applies to content uploaded on or after Dec. 9, 2020.
This all means that if you’d like to share Trump’s CPAC speech on your own YouTube channel, you’ll have to provide some “countervailing viewpoints” if you don’t want the clip taken down. In other words, YouTube wants its users to, at some point in their videos, dispute Trump’s claim about the allegedly “stolen” election.
Big Tech takeover
Sky News and Fox News have both bent to YouTube’s commands. At the end of their streams of the former president’s CPAC speech, both outlets provide commentary stating clearly that Trump did not win the 2020 White House race.
With this, it looks like YouTube isn’t just preventing speech anymore; now, the Big Tech overlords in Silicon Valley are putting the words right in journalists’ mouths.
And this is only the beginning.