There is something inherently malicious about withholding information from the American people.
In fact, this is very much the reason that the Founding Fathers put such an emphasis on the First Amendment. If we are to be a free society, then we must be free in all aspects of our daily lives. This is become freedom itself is not a multilayered cake of privilege and rank. Rather, it is a binary reality in which we are either gifted liberty to hold and to cherish, or we are rationed just tiny morsels in order to keep our thirsts slaked.
Free speech is undoubtedly the most important of freedoms, as it allows us to keep the “powers that be” in check. When this liberty is lost, we will find ourselves at the mercy of potential dictators.
Adolph Hitler understood this, and used his power to institute the practice of book burning in order to sway the historical record in his favor.
Now, it seems, YouTube is doing the same.
Google’s CEO says he wants to see YouTube expand its crackdown on content.
The company’s chairman, Sundar Pichai, said he’s hoping to take Google’s model of prioritizing of “quality content” over to YouTube.
Pichai spoke with Axios’ Ina Fried, who expressed concern the tech company wasn’t taking a harder line against offensive content, pointing out a video she had seen of a “teenager who appeared to be donning Muslim garb, spewing a lot of anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, homophobic hate.”
“I don’t know all the details of this specific video, but in general, look, I mean all of us, you know, none of us want harmful content on our platforms,” Pichai said. “Last quarter alone we removed 9 million videos from the platform.”
Pichai went on to tell the world that YouTube was going to err on the side of fascism.
“And so we are bringing that same notion [from Google] and approach to YouTube, so that we can rank higher quality stuff better and really prevent borderline content — content which doesn’t exactly violate policies, which need to be removed, but which can still cause harm.”
This is not freedom. Not in any way, shape, or form.
This is a modern day book-burning, where we see a tainting of the official record in order to bolster the opinions of those with power.
Now, imagine if one day we say a tyrant rise to power whose views align with those of Pichai’s? Where could we turn to spread the message of liberty when Google and YouTube have disallowed such thoughts?