Rand Paul quits YouTube over ‘despicable’ censorship — Analysis
Citing the platform’s rampant censorship practices, the lawmaker said he was leaving YouTube as part of an ‘exodus’ from Big Tech
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has announced that he will no longer be posting content on YouTube, branding the Google-owned platform as the “worst censors” among a host of “Big Tech gatekeepers” that “silenced” opposing views.
Paul wrote his thoughts Monday in an opinion piece for The Washington Examiner. He noted that this move was part of a larger plan. “exodus”From the “new town square”This is “Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram”Over the rampant censorship “almost religious adherence to the edicts of government bureaucrats.”
“Just because private censorship of speech is allowable under the law, that doesn’t make that censorship any less despicable or illiberal,” Paul wrote, adding that he would be posting video content on rumble.com, an alternative platform that has gained popularity with creators dissatisfied with Big Tech companies’ misinformation policies.
Two strikes were issued to the YouTuber for allegedly violating Covid-19 misinformation policy last year. Paul, however, countered that his company was in compliance with the policy. “the gall to delete constitutionally protected speech”We took down the videos of him challenging the dominant narratives.
It’s ironic, in fact, that while the censors might consider themselves to be progressives their actions more closely resemble the Medieval church’s diktats.
“In the US in 2021, you are being told there are ideas or opinions that are too ‘dangerous’ for you to see,”Paul said that he was taking aim at “loud voices”Congress “on the Left and the Right”Who say they would like to “break up or regulate Big Tech”It is not possible to do anything about it without taking action.
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Although he described the departure as “his” “New Year’s resolution,”Paul indicated that he might still upload videos to YouTube. “criticize them”Promote the competition. He encouraged “other liberty lovers”Follow their lead and move your business to another location.
“About half of the public leans right,”He noted that it was possible to have a “if” instead of “conforming to [Big Tech’s] approved opinions,”They “all took our messaging to outlets of free exchange, we could cripple Big Tech in a heartbeat.”