PragerU Hits Back Against Online Censorship, Sues Google for Second Time

We here at Activist Mommy know just how creative social media giants can get in their efforts to silence and censor conservative voices, but we are certainly not alone.

Over the last few years, more and more conservative, Christian, and alternative outlets, both big and small, have been hit hard with huge drops in traffic, posts constantly flagged and removed, or even downright expulsion from the major social media outlets.

Meanwhile, leftists go unscathed after openly calling for violence, harassing ideological opponents, or making disgusting “jokes” about pedophilia.

One of the biggest conservative outlets to experience what can only be described as systematic censorship on the world’s most prominent video sharing site, YouTube, is undoubtedly PragerU.

PragerU, a YouTube channel that has become a favorite of conservatives for their short videos portraying clear, coherent arguments from renowned scholars and commentators, began noticing many of their videos, which were undoubtedly rated “G”, in “restricted” mode, meaning users could not find them unless they navigated to the direct URL of the video.

They’ve brought a fair amount of attention to the extent to which YouTube, which is owned by Google, has suppressed their videos on the platform, now bringing a second lawsuit against the tech giant.

LifeSiteNews reports:
An educational project run by conservative commentator Dennis Prager returned to court this week to once again challenge the Google-owned YouTube for improperly blocking younger viewers’ access to its videos.

Prager University (PragerU) consists of weekly five-minute videos in which a variety of thinkers and policy experts explain a wide range of subjects, from politics to religion to philosophy and personal improvement. Among PragerU’s offerings have been a moral case against abortion and an exposé of Planned Parenthood.

In October 2017, Prager filed a federal lawsuit against YouTube and its parent company for placing more than 50 of PragerU’s videos in “restricted mode,” meaning they were inaccessible from accounts that employed parental controls to shield children from violent, sexual, or otherwise-inappropriate content. His suit argued that the videos contained no inappropriate content of any kind, and were being restricted in violation of YouTube’s Terms of Use.

Since LifeSiteNews’ original report on the case, PragerU now lists more than 80 videos as restricted, or more than a 10th of its library. “Many families enable restricted mode in order to keep inappropriate and objectionable adult and sexual content away from their children,” the nonprofit says, “not to prevent them from watching animated, age-appropriate, educational videos.”
Fighting back against tech censorship is the only option, as long as these outlets maintain such a clear monopoly on the way we view and share information.
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