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YouTube places restrictions on UK activist Tommy Robinson

YouTube on Tuesday placed restrictions on far-right anti-Muslim British activist Tommy Robinson’s account, but stopped short of banning him from the platform.

A YouTube spokesperson said the platform will no longer recommend any of Robinson’s videos to users, and his videos will no longer include a comments section or likes.

“After consulting with third party experts, we are applying a tougher treatment to Tommy Robinson’s channel in keeping with our policies on borderline content,” the spokesperson said.

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YouTube Deplatforms Retired Navy SEAL Who Exposed Tribal Elder Nathan Phillips’ Stolen Valor

YouTube last week deplatformed a YouTube channel that specialized in exposing Stolen Valor cases. “Stolen Valor,” of course, refers to cases where dishonorable pretenders are caught making fraudulent claims of military honors they didn’t earn. Retired Navy Seal Don Shipley has made it his life’s mission to expose these shameless charlatans. His channel had 232,806 subscribers at the time it was taken down and had been in operation since around 2008.

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Round 2: PragerU Lawsuit Claims Google, YouTube Violated Calif. Law on Free Speech, Discrimination

On Tuesday, the conservative video nonprofit PragerU filed a new lawsuit against Google and YouTube in Santa Clara, Calif. superior court, to bring state charges against Google and YouTube in addition to the federal case currently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Both PragerU and Google are based in California.

“YouTube was built on the backs of users like PragerU who were promised ‘give us your videos because we are a ‘public forum,’ a place where the public is invited to engage in ‘freedom of expression’ and where everyone is ‘treated equally,'” PragerU attorney Peter Obstler declared in a statement. “We expect that to be the truth.”

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YouTube censors MEMRI TV clip exposing Holocaust denier

WASHINGTON, DC – A MEMRI TV clip posted on December 10, 2018 on the MEMRI TV YouTube channel translating and exposing Jordanian political commentator Sufyan Tal calling the Holocaust “the greatest lie in modern history” has been censored by YouTube for “hate speech.”

YouTube has disabled features – ads, comments, likes, and suggested videos – for the clip, and has labeled it with the warning: “The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.”

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YouTube now warns that the German National Anthem is offensive ‘for some groups’

Some people wrongly believe it is the Nazi version, as Chris Fox a BBC reporter did. The anthem predates the Nazis and they only sang the first verse followed by the Horst-Wessel-Song. The melody was first written in 1796/97. The verses of the poem were written in 1841.

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Swedish Right-Wing Party Claims YouTube ‘on Offensive’ Amid Mass ‘Censorship’

The mass removal of video content by two of Sweden’s most right-wing parties by Google-owned YouTube has prompted politicians and ordinary Swedes alike into accusations of censorship and election meddling.

The newly-founded Alternative for Sweden (AfS) party, who’s had its channel deleted and restored by YouTube, has had numerous videos of election meetings with voters made unavailable for viewing in Sweden.

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This Is What ‘Election Interference’ Actually Looks Like

The purge of the right on social media was once a slow trickle, with high-profile bans happening only occasionally, and then subsiding. With just three months until the midterm elections, the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley have turned online censorship into a cascade.

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YouTube will now place Wikipedia entries about global warming below videos ‘refuting evidence of rising temperatures’

YouTube is fighting back against climate change deniers by implementing a fact-checking box below user-uploaded videos on the controversial topic.

The system will surface information from Wikipedia or Britannica Encyclopedia to display factual information in bitesize chunks below videos on climate change.

YouTube already implemented the feature for videos on a slew of other contentious topics, including the MMR vaccination, the moon landing and UFOs.

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#YouTube Suspends CDN Anti-Terror Expert Tom Quiggin

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What is ‘reputable’ news? YouTube plans to decide for you

With the left-right divide in America widening, the challenge for YouTube is deciding what sources count as reputable. Among those vetted by YouTube are CNN and Fox News. CNN has been slated and derided as ‘fake news’ by President Trump and others on the right, while CNN President Jeff Zucker called Fox a “propaganda machine” earlier this year.

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YouTube removes episode 23 of David Wood’s “Islamicize Me” as “hate speech”

Every day during this Ramadan, David Wood has been posting episodes of the video series he has produced in collaboration with Vocab Malone and Jon McCray, “Islamicize Me.” The idea is that three young men decide to live exactly as Muhammad directed for a month. It’s a biting satire based on the genuinely strange, dangerous, inexplicable, and violent things Muhammad is depicted as saying and doing in Hadith collections that Muslims accept as reliable.

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