The far-left bias of most social media platforms is in the news again, as Donald Trump vows to end the bias.
While most of the focus has been on Twitter’s shadow banning and editing of conservative voices, they aren’t the only ones.
In fact, YouTube was automatically deleting videos critical of Communist China and after they were caught claimed this reason.
Many Americans, especially conservatives, are following the ongoing Big Tech censorship of conservative, libertarian, and Christian voices, and the Trump response.
Almost all Americans agree that Silicon Valley Tech giants exhibit blatant bias in the way they allow some videos, comments, and accounts to remain on their networks while censoring or banning others.
While the main focus has been on Twitter due to their recent editing and so-called “fact-checking” of Donald Trump’s tweets, other platforms are just as guilty.
The latest example is the automatic deletions of videos and comments critical to China by Google-owned YouTube.
Now, YouTube, having been caught in the act is blaming it all on an “error.”
The Verge recently reported that YouTube has been automatically deleting anything containing Chinese-language phrases known to be associated with criticism of the country’s brutal ruling Communist Party (CCP).
YouTube then confirmed to The Verge that this had been happening but that it was “in error” and was working to address the issue.
However, The Verge explained, this so-called “error” has been going on for the last six months, at least.
This despite the well-known fact that YouTube is not even available in China, due to strict state control of all social media.
The Verge claims to have found evidence of the deletions as far back as October 2019, when the issue first showed up on YouTube’s help pages.
Comments such as “共匪” (“communist bandit”) or “五毛” (“50-cent party”) are automatically deleted in a speedy 15 seconds.
These anti-Communist phrases seem to have been “accidentally” added to YouTube’s comment filters, which automatically remove spam and offensive text.
YouTube, in an attempt at explanation, says it’s been relying more on its automated filters in recent months due to changes to its workforce brought about by the Chinese-released coronavirus.
But clearly, as Verge found out, this problem has been occurring since long before the coronavirus affected YouTube’s workforce.
There is a serious question as to whether YouTube is being honest about these deletions being merely an error, though given their parent company’s reputation, it is highly unlikely.
Google has on multiple occasions claimed to be refraining from gathering data on its users, only to be caught red-handed.
And Google, of course, is certainly no stranger to being accused of doing the CCP’s bidding by targeted censorship of anti-Communist activities.
In the past, Google has frequently been rightly criticized for accommodating the wishes of Chinese dictatorship by censoring content.
In fact, Google created a prototype search engine known as Project Dragonfly for one purpose – because it complied with Chinese state censorship of the internet.
As the battle over social media and internet censorship heats up, it will be interesting to see where the power brokers align.
For example, just yesterday Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, certainly no friend to conservatives, announced Facebook would not become a censor of speech.
This shocking announcement puts him squarely at odds with his counterparts at Twitter and Google.
We will keep you posted on the censorship battles as they heat up.