There’s a new member of the Banned By YouTube club. He’s Nick Gisburne, an atheist who posts videos criticizing religion. He had no trouble uploading anti-Christian monologues to YouTube. But when he criticized Islam by quoting the Koran?
YouTube account deleted. (You can seen the banned video at his site.)
Here’s Gisburne’s latest video (not yet banned) recounting the banning of his video slideshow that simply displayed violent quotes from the Koran:
Ragnar, a fellow Banned By YouTube club member, writes:
YouTube : They’re at it Again
First, YouTube banned Michelle Malkin’s video “First, they came for…”
Then, they banned several of our own videos (including “Rocket Ride”) and disabled searches for certain anti-jihadi user accounts (including SOUTALKUFFAR).
Along they way, they banned CRUSADER18 and a number of other anti-jihadi YouTube users.
They pulled our video “Flight Club” and Stuck Mojo’s video “Open Season” from the rankings, just to prevent them from showing up on YouTube’s front page.
Not having been banned in a while, I was beginning to think that YouTube had given up on the censorship game.
No such luck.
Glenn Reynolds observes:
Christians who want similar consideration from Google will presumably have to start blowing things up and beheading people. As I’ve noted before, it’s quite unwise to create this kind of incentive structure. I thought the Google people were supposed to be smart.
As Eugene Volokh points out, of course YouTube is “a private company that is entitled to choose what it carries.”
Yes, but as I told Neil Munro, who covered the YouTube wars in the National Journal last month:
YouTube is a private company, and it can do whatever its wants. But it has an obligation to their users to be transparent about their standards, to be responsive to their millions and millions of users, and to be consistent about it.
By the way, YouTube continues to falsely label the open letter video about my banned video as being “removed by the user.”
That’s false. Untrue. Wrong.