- May 31, 2016
Last night YouTube took to its 'Official Blog' to more or less announce that they would be taking steps to censor content they found to be "controversial" even if it didn't break any laws or violate the site's user agreement. And while the message vowed to be part of an effort to "fight terror content online," the move was met wth widespread skepticism among YouTuber's as nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to censor conservative speech.Link
Quote from 'Youtube' regarding how it will 'fight terror':
If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes.Link
Who will suffer, and who will benefit? Who will suffer, but shouldn't, and who will benefit that should not?
What are the implications for free speech which is a seminal Western value?
If they haven't already will other social media corporations impose the same level of censorship? Will forms of censorship vary from country to country, or be uniform in the case of censorship being rolled out by transnational corporation/s .
Again and especially if the system of censorship expands and persists, what are the implications for free speech which is a seminal Western value? What are the implications for the Western value system as a whole?