You get what you deserve’: Conservatives jeer as pro-censorship group Right Wing Watch gets BANNED on YouTube (but not for long)
Right-wing pundits gloated after Right Wing Watch, an organization that scours the internet to report conservative “bigotry” to Big Tech, got “permanently” banned from YouTube – for less than a day, as it turned out.
Right Wing Watch describes itself as a group that “monitors and exposes the activities of Radical Right political organizations.” What that means in practice is RWW combs social media for controversial statements, before explicitly or implicitly calling for the accounts behind them to be banned.Also on rt.com ‘This will not go well’: YouTube cracks down on pundits & journalists after policy change
However, tables were seemingly turned on Monday, when RWW's own YouTube channel was banned, due to “severe or repeated violations” of the platform’s community guidelines.
“Our efforts to expose the bigoted view and dangerous conspiracy theories spread by right-wing activists has now resulted in @YouTube banning our channel and removing thousands of our videos,” RWW tweeted. “We attempted to appeal this decision, and YouTube rejected it.”
Our efforts to expose the bigoted view and dangerous conspiracy theories spread by right-wing activists has now resulted in @YouTube banning our channel and removing thousands of our videos. We attempted to appeal this decision, and YouTube rejected it. pic.twitter.com/74Rfi31uQe— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 28, 2021
After initially banning the account and confirming the suspension as legitimate, on Monday evening YouTube sent RWW an apology for “any inconvenience and frustration” and said they “sometimes make mistakes trying to get it right.”Also on rt.com YouTube APOLOGIZES, reverses ‘permanent ban’ on pro-censorship pressure group Right Wing Watch
YouTube has cracked down hard on right-wing content in recent years, including “misinformation” surrounding the 2020 election and “conspiracy theories” around coronavirus vaccines. The RWW team often pointed out examples of what it considered “bigoted” content on YouTube, but with the ban-hammer now wielded against them, anti-censorship advocates couldn’t help but rub it in.
“Congratulations once again to all the liberals and leftists – led by their journalists – who urged censorship of political speech by Silicon Valley monopolists based in the belief that it would only be used to silence your adversaries and enemies but never your allies,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted after the ban was announced.
Hahahahahahahahahaha! Isn’t it fun when you get a dose of your own suppository? https://t.co/MBLO7h9Ueo— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 28, 2021
Ahem, I believe the mandatoryTwitter response here is, "Shut up, you snowflake. YouTube is a private company and they can do whatever they want." https://t.co/RYWh56OCD0— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 28, 2021
“Good on YouTube,” conservative pundit Lauren Chen tweeted. “You get what you deserve.”
"Hey, someone used our tactics against us! That's not cool!" https://t.co/SX8nJSCvtQ— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 28, 2021
I am very pro free speechI will no longer defend anti-speech scumbags who set fire to the system for ideological gain when they get burned by their own arson https://t.co/mBPsF1BIny— Tim Pool (@Timcast) June 28, 2021
RWW would frequently clip content from right-wing creators for its videos. It’s not improbable that this was the cause for the ban – not some political realignment within YouTube itself.
You have to be absolutely brain-dead to not wonder whether your strident efforts to get "bigoted and dangerous" content purged from tech platforms has perhaps backfired -- as was 100% predictable -- but don't put it past these guys to have zero self-awareness https://t.co/M12GdgSG5P— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 28, 2021
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