UPDATE: Now YouTube Censors Demonetize 95% of Diamond & Silk’s Videos
Yesterday we covered the story of how YouTube is censoring Independent journalist Luke Rudkowski’s channel by removing any financial incentive for him to continue creating content. The Google owned YouTube performed a manual review of his account and demonetized nearly 700 videos, stating the videos were not appropriate for advertisers.
The problem is Luke’s videos didn’t have any clearly violations of YouTube’s content policies. And, as Luke pointed out, CNN’s channel is loaded with controversial content that does, in fact, violate YouTube’s content policy yet CNN is free to enjoy monetized videos without interruption.
YouTube is at it again, this time targeted Diamond & Silk, the two black women he became famous for their aggressive support of Donald Trump in social media. According to the duo some 95% of their videos have been demonetized with the same kind of manual review label as Luke has been seeing.
Two of President Trump’s most ardent supporters, the YouTube stars known as Diamond and Silk, say a financial stranglehold has been placed on their videos.
Lynnette Hardway and Rochelle Richardson of North Carolina, whose support of Mr. Trump and no-nonsense delivery during the 2016 U.S. presidential season turned them into online sensations, said Thursday their YouTube videos have become casualties of the company’s attempt to silence “extremism.”
“@YouTube @TeamYouTube stopped over 95% percent of our videos from being monetized, stating: ‘It’s Not Suitable For All Advertisers,’” the two said in a series of tweets. “Wonder if @YouTube @TeamYouTube stopped the monetization of our videos because we are loyal supporters of the @POTUS. Hummmm. Sounds like Censorship to us, which is a Violation of our First Amendment. A Bias Method used to Silence our Conservative Voices. @YouTube, how was it OK to monetize our videos for the past two years and now those same videos are no longer eligible for monetization?”
YouTube is a company, not government. So it’s difficult to argue they don’t have a right to censor content the way they are. That said, when it’s selective and discriminatory, one has to wonder if there is another legal issue at work here.
YouTube is clearly not concerned with liberal messages spread throughout its platform and audience. But if your narratives are alternative to those of the left, YouTube seems to be taking the position that you don’t get all the benefits and tools the others do.