YouTube Claims Censoring and Demonetizing People Is ‘Good for Business’
'I hope that we are perceived as ultimately a positive voice here'
The head of product for Google-owned YouTube, Neal Mohan, claimed that censoring and demonetizing content is good for business.
Axios asked Mohan about what YouTube was doing to tackle misinformation on the platform:
On one of the biggest topics at the moment, COVID-19 misinformation, Mohan pointed to both the work that the company has done to enforce its policies and collaborations between creators and health authorities, as well as the dedicated spots YouTube has set aside for authoritative information.
“I hope that we are perceived as ultimately a positive voice here,” Mohan said.
Critics, though, point to a vast array of videos that have promoted hesitancy around government-imposed restrictions.
Some were eventually taken down, others have been allowed to remain on the site.
Mohan noted that the landscape is ever-changing, and the company’s work around "misinformation" is ongoing.
“The work is never done,” Mohan said.
“I have learned that there is always a new vector of misinformation that will pop up.”
The article concludes with an eye-watering stat:
YouTube’s censorship strategy is so effective that only 0.16–0.18% of visitors to the site ever see “rule-violating” content.
In Janaury, YouTube banned President Donald Trump from uploading new content indefinitely.
The platform said it had removed content from Trump’s official channel and blocked new videos from being uploaded.
Big Tech company said the decision was made "After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence" in the wake of last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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But the platform's attack on free speech has caused a speedy rise of alternative platforms like Rumble and Bitchute, who allow their users’ the right to broadcast First Amendment protected content.
Rumble has attracted high-profile creators, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and former Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard.