What in the heck?
Video platform YouTube has reversed its controversial ban on questioning the validity of the 2020 and other US election results, acknowledging in a Friday blog post that the policy could silence legitimate political speech.
Effective immediately, the platform said, “content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in the 2020 and other past US presidential elections” will no longer be removed.
Citing “today’s changed landscape,” the Alphabet subsidiary explained that “in the current environment, we find that while removing this content does curb some misinformation, it could also have the unintended effect curtailing political speech without meaningfully reducing the risk of violence or other real-world harm.”
YouTube explained its policies were aimed at two goals – “protecting our community, and providing a home for open discussion and debate” – and that those goals were not always aligned, admitting open debate was “core to a functioning democratic society.”
While the scrapped policy supposedly covered all past US elections, YouTube had appeared to focus its censorship on content questioning the 2020 results, ignoring or even promoting content that suggested the 2016 outcome was the result of Russian interference, especially if it came from establishment media outlets.
The platform acknowledged removing “tens of thousands” of videos due to the now-repealed ban on electoral fraud discussion. However, the blog post did not indicate if any of those videos would be restored or re-evaluated. While YouTube offers users whose content has been removed a chance to appeal the decision, critics claim the process is only for show and rarely if ever results in content being reinstated.
Here’s the official blog post, if you want to check it. It uses very strange language, but it is saying what it is saying.
Bizarrely, there is no apology.
MULTI-FACETED ANALYSIS – BULLET POINTS – SUNDAY MODE
This is a very shocking development, to be certain.
However, there are various reasons that I can imagine they are doing this:
- Rumble is now apparently becoming a serious competitor to YouTube. I question whether or not the view numbers on Rumble are real. I have been watching Glenn Greenwald’s show on Rumble, and these are supposedly getting over 100,000 views, and that seems hard to believe. I’ve been watching some channels that Nick Fuentes has been a guest on, and those shows are getting more than half a million views sometimes. Maybe the numbers are fudged a bit, maybe it’s all real, but regardless, they are making serious headway. YouTube is losing market share, for the sole reason that they censor so drastically. It’s just common sense they would back off censorship to try to maintain as much of the market share as they can while still being Jewish.
- Twitter is giving the lie to the whole claim that allowing freedom of speech causes a societal collapse, which was literally the claim being made by these companies. Twitter is also preparing to launch a major streaming and video hosting program, which will also no doubt eat into YouTube’s market share.
- The election was a long time ago now, and can’t be overturned. It’s a done deal. So on some level, talking about it doesn’t even matter. It’s not like you can do anything about it. It’s the same thing with saying that January 6 was a hoax, or that the vax is actually killing everyone – it’s years ago and no one can do anything about it, and no one is maintaining anger about it.
- Finally – and I think this is the real bottom line – on some level, they want people to be constantly talking about how the 2020 election was fake before the 2024 election. There is a 100% chance they are going to steal the 2024 election exactly how they did in 2020, with these mail-in ballots. Because: if everyone is saying the 2020 election was fake, the media can then say “well, the Republicans didn’t bother to vote in the 2024 election, because they believe elections are fake – look at all of these people talking about the 2020 election being fake, of course they’re not going to go vote!”
That last point is absolutely a catch-22. There is no good solution.
It is frankly very obvious that the 2022 midterms were totally fraudulent. They did the same thing with mail-in ballots that they spent days counting. So, Trump could have gone out and said “this is going to be fake,” but then when they faked it, the media would have said “Republicans didn’t vote because Trump said it was fake.” So, Trump ended up getting blamed for the 2022 elections being “lost,” even though that was fake, because he couldn’t say it was fake beforehand.
You see that?
It’s very clever. Clever like a rat.