YouTube made headlines in recent weeks as they continue to demonetize any channel to the right of Karl Marx due to content that may be “inappropriate” to some viewers. While these have initially only been explicitly pro-Trump, right wing accounts like Paul Joseph Watson and Lauren Southern, YouTube’s dragnet now includes Trump critic and former congressman Dr. Ron Paul.
Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange broke the news on Twitter on August 26, suggesting the demonetization came as the 82-year-old Dr. Paul criticized President Trump’s foreign policy in Afghanistan.
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) August 26, 2017
According to an article written on ZeroHedge:
“Assange claims that Paul was being punished for speaking out about President Donald Trump’s decision to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan, after Paul published a video on the subject earlier this week.
The notion that YouTube would want to economically punish a former US Congressman for sharing his views on US foreign policy – a topic that he is unequivocally qualified to speak about – is absurd. Furthermore, the “review requested” marking on one of Paul’s videos reveals that they were initially flagged by users before YouTube’s moderators confirmed that the videos were unsuitable for a broad audience.”
Dr. Paul has not yet made a statement on his website or on his YouTube channel. Dr. Paul lives in Lake Jackson, Texas and may be affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Southern continued, “considering most of Silicon Valley participate in the censorship of alleged ‘hate speech,’ diversity hiring and inclusivity committees. Their entire model is based around a far left outline. There’s no merit hiring, there’s no support of free speech and there certainly is not an equal representation of political views at these companies.”
As YouTube continues to double down on silencing right wing opinions, more content creatures, including Styxhexenhammer666, are joining up and coming social media competitors Vid.me, Minds, and Gab.