Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

This could be problematic

On Monday YouTube announced steps the company plans to take to combat terrorism. Fine. Except it sounds like the Google-owned company's efforts may go beyond rooting out actual terrorists:

  • Take a tougher stance on videos that do not clearly violate YouTube’s policies. For example, videos that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content will soon appear behind an interstitial warning and will not be monetized, recommended, or eligible for comments or user endorsements. [Emphasis added]

Are we just talking radical violent Islamic content here, or is YouTube going down the path of censoring Christian "hate speech" (i.e. unpopular biblical teachings on marriage and gender) and all forms of nationalism that the left finds objectionable? It sure sounds like the former. There are plenty of anecdotal stories of folks on the right having their perfectly legitimate content removed (or denied monetization) because someone at YouTube found it offensive. Don't be surprised if we see censorship on that platform increasing in the name of fighting terrorism (see: House of Cards: Season 5).