Conservative censorship is getting worse


Conservative censorship is becoming a major problem in the United States. In recent months, Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have been caught demoting, shadow banning, demonetizing and even terminating center-right users and creator profiles. In the media, conservative personalities, like Laura Ingraham, have been targeted with advertiser boycotts. It has become very apparent that liberals in corporate America are determined to greatly reduce conservative content and commentary.

YouTube, the Google owned video platform, has engaged in a series of censorship tactics including: demonetization, hate speech strikes (warnings), and account termination. In March, the New York Times reported, “YouTube this week cracked down on the videos of some prominent far-right actors and conspiracy theorists, continuing an effort that has become more visible since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month caused a torrent of misinformation to be featured prominently on the site.”

While this passage sounds like it is referencing tinfoil-hat wearing lunatics, it is an unfortunate confirmation of what the platform’s conservative users already knew. Several prominent right-of-center YouTubers (including Steven Crowder, Hunter Avallone, Prager University, Mike Dice and Breitbart News) revealed that several of their videos have been flagged and demonetized as being “unfriendly to advertisers.”

YouTube also took steps to demonetize smaller channels with less than 3,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours. This also impacted several smaller right-of-center YouTubers. “After thoughtful consideration, we believe these are necessary compromises to protect our community,” YouTube expressed in a statement.

This reflects the growing trend to make social media a “safe space,” free from “scary” conservatives.

In February, a select number of Google employees were caught attempting to cut off all funding to Breitbart News, a conservative news and opinion site, by demonetizing their ad publisher account on AdSense. “Breitbart News has obtained a screenshot that shows Google ad account manager Aidan Wilks advising another company – a client of Google’s – that advertising on Breitbart may impact their ‘brand safety,’” the agency reported. Facebook labeled the website with this warning: “Breitbart: The site has published a number of falsehoods, conspiracy theories, and intentionally misleading stories. Its journalists are widely considered to be ideologically driven, and some of its content has been called misogynistic, xenophobic, and racist by liberals and many traditional conservatives alike.” While it is not a secret that Breitbart produces stories that include facts with an inclusion of conservative commentary, to accuse the entire platform of being racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic is absurd. This is a news agency that is responsible for several credible investigative reports that have even ousted politicians from their positions in congress. This serves as another example of how these platforms are attempting to censor conservative ideologues.

On Jan. 11, 2018, Facebook announced that it would be demoting content from brand posts and pages.

“Video and other public content have exploded on Facebook in the past couple of years,” expressed Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook founder and CEO. “The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being. We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health. On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos — even if they’re entertaining or informative — may not be as good. Based on this, we’re making a major change to how we build Facebook.”

In other words, Zuckerburg wants to make it so you are receiving less news and more pictures of your neighbor’s kittens. Facebook has served as a major distributor for alternative-conservative media and has been accredited to contributing to Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016. Zuckerburg and Facebook have been blamed by the left for allowing such content to be published on their platform, and now they are taking steps to ensure that it does not happen again.

On March 28, Laura Ingraham posted a news article on Twitter from The Daily Wire, which reported that anti-gun student activist David Hogg is having a difficult time getting into college. Ingraham expressed that Hogg was whining about being declined and that UCLA has limited acceptance rates.

“David Hogg rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates),” she expressed on Twitter.

This led to David Hogg calling for an advertiser boycott of Ingram’s Fox News show, causing over a dozen sponsors to drop the program. This is especially ironic, considering that Hogg announced his acceptance troubles to TMZ.com. Ingraham merely expressed a statement of fact, accompanied by a news article, and Hogg managed to cause a mass exodus of her sponsors.

Again, this serves as another example of how liberal corporate America is contributing to the censorship of conservative commentary. Rather than tolerating diverse opinions and encouraging individual thought, America is becoming a place where if you disagree with the status quo, you should lose your entire livelihood and be severed financially. Rather than accepting Orwell’s “1984” as a warning, the left is using it as a playbook.

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