You would be remiss to believe that Big Tech is finished censoring former President Donald Trump now that he’s no longer in the White House.
In one of his first interviews since leaving Washington for the life of private citizenry, Trump spoke with Newsmax TV’s Greg Kelly on Wednesday — but according to Just The News, video of the former president’s talk was swiftly removed from YouTube over alleged violations of the platform’s “community guidelines.”
During the interview, the former president continued to push claims that the 2020 election was rife with voter fraud, telling Kelly that he still believes he’s the rightful winner and that the election was stolen from him.
Those familiar statements are apparently what triggered the violation of a policy instituted by YouTube in the aftermath of the 2020 election, when Trump and his allies waged a media campaign claiming the vote was unfairly rigged in Joe Biden’s favor.
The Epoch Times reported that YouTube told them Trump’s interview was removed because it was in clear violation of their new “presidential election integrity policy,” which is a post-election rule that gives the company the power to censor or ban videos in which claims of election or ballot fraud are presented.
“We have clear Community Guidelines that govern what videos may stay on YouTube,” the company reportedly told the outlet, “and we enforce our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker and without regard to political viewpoints.”
Unfortunately for Trump and the attorneys who tried to make the case that the election was “rigged” and “stolen,” not a single one of their dozens of attempts in court to prove that widespread voter fraud occurred ever came to fruition. Most of those cases were barely entertained by state and federal judges.
Though YouTube seems to be taking a heavy-handed approach when it comes to taking down videos that push claims of election fraud, they don’t appear to be applying that rule in a retroactive fashion, as Just The News pointed out in a December report revealing the tech company hasn’t removed content from around the time of the 2016 election — and beyond — in which prominent Democrats made similar claims over alleged “Russian collusion.”
Similar to the 2020 election, there is still no proof — even after several high-profile investigations — that the Kremlin colluded to help Trump secure victory in the 2016 election against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
With that being said, there are still numerous videos viewable on YouTube in which a number of people, from podcasters to politicians, claim that Trump’s presidency was “illegitimate,” citing variants of the Russia narrative.
One of those videos, which showed an appearance by the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) with host Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s Meet The Press, shows Lewis clearly making the claim that Trump was an illegitimate president, saying, “I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected.”
It remains to be seen whether YouTube will apply their new policy fairly and across the board, but based on their actions thus far, I wouldn’t hold my breath. To this point, Silicon Valley has made quite clear which side they play for.