Job Creators Network Criticizes YouTube for Unfairly Censoring its Video Depicting the Recent Riots
Washington, DC (September 22, 2020)– Today, the Job Creators Network (JCN) criticized YouTube for unfairly censoring its video by putting an “inappropriate content” warning on it. The video, part of JCN’s Keep America America project, depicts scenes of the recent widespread rioting and violence and asks, “Is your city next?” View the video HERE.
An inappropriate content warning does not stop the video from being viewed, but users must log in and click that they “understand and wish to proceed” before viewing. This warning prevents videos from being promoted, reducing their reach and view count. JCN notes how this censorship neither applies to left-wing videos that depict protest violence nor the original news videos from which the rioting clips are taken. JCN calls on YouTube to treat all political content fairly and without partisan bias.
“YouTube’s decision to slap an inappropriate content restriction on our video depicting news footage of rioting shows Google’s left-wing bias. It amounts to censorship of opposing political opinions. YouTube does not treat left-wing videos that depict violent protests with similar warnings that depress view count and reach. YouTube and other social media platforms are this century’s “town square,” and they should not censor based on political viewpoints. They should uphold the values of free speech that are the basis of their revenue model and popularity. Social media’s widespread censorship of conservative views demonstrates society’s slide away from the values of free speech. President Trump should nominate a strong defender of the First Amendment to the Supreme Court to help reestablish this fundamental right of all Americans.”