It’s no secret that YouTube has become one of the most censored platforms on the internet since the #FakePandemic of 2020 began. Many channels have been completely shut down or forced to stop talking about certain subjects.
A strong three strikes rule has scared a lot of YouTube channels into changing subjects.
Is YouTube a Private Business?
Some have said because YouTube is a private company, they have the right to control the content on their platform. For example, the BBC news said “YouTube is not a public forum with guaranteed free speech”.
We would agree that if they were a truly private company, taking no government subsidies, receiving no government favors, with no control handed over to government, this would be true. Otherwise, the tax payers (where the subsidies and favors come from) may have a lot to say about what is happening at YouTube as much as they would any other government institution that attempts to control their lives.
Truly private institutions have jurisdiction over their own private affairs. But does this apply to YouTube? Definitely not. This same principle is why the federal government claims power to make rules to control private universities that take federal funds. Because that money represents the tax payers, they control who they give money to allegedly on behalf of the people.
This same principle is why the founding fathers threw the tea in the harbor from the East India Trading company. Even though they were a private company, they were actually acting on behalf of the British king and receiving favors from the the king, which resulted in the theft of the livelihoods of the colonists for the benefit of the king and his friends. Legalized Plunder.
YouTube’s Trusted Flagger Program
YouTube’s own policies show that it is not just YouTube’s private opinion that shuts down speech on YouTube. But they have a program where they directly give government agencies and NGOs access to shut down free speech. NGOs usually refer to United Nations “Non Governmental Organizations”.
Here you can see, YouTube’s “Trusted Flagger Program” explicitly describes the following in incredibly plain language regarding how they censor content.
– YouTube provides tools to government agencies
– YouTube provides tools to NGOs
– These agencies tell YouTube what to censor
– Government agencies use a form, provided by YouTube, to contact YouTube directly, to tell them what content to censor
Isn’t all of this unconstitutional?
Clearly, government regulating free speech is a direct violation of the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution, plain as day.
Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press
The Utah constitution also makes this illegal if any Utah agencies are participating
No law shall be passed to abridge or restrain the freedom of speech or of the press
Lawmakers and state institutions have clear constitutional restrictions placed upon them. They lose their legitimacy when they allow breaches of these restrictions to become common place.
Mike Lee and Fundamental Violations of Freedoms
A simple google search will show many articles where Utah Senator Mike Lee has allegedly tried to fight against this “big tech” censorship, although there’s clearly been no success in these efforts as the censorship has only gotten worse.
It might be instructive to point out the similarities in our report where Mike Lee wrote the very bill (USA Freedom Act) that allowed “big tech” to violate our basic fourth amendment freedoms (privacy and requiring warrants for searches). He moved NSA spying from government agencies directly to, instead, use private companies as a proxy. This only gave the government a cover story. Now they would claim they weren’t breaking the law anymore, even though the same thing was happening using the “private” companies–and the spying has only gotten worse.
So we see the pattern (of private proxy companies) used in the USA Freedom Act to violate the fourth amendment is the same pattern used in this case with YouTube to violate the first amendment.
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