YouTube has moved to ban the platforming of former President Donald Trump’s full 2021 CPAC speech from their platform unless users go out of their way to offer a counterargument related to Trump’s claims of voter fraud, according to The Federalist.
It is difficult to find a full version of Trump’s 2021 CPAC speech that does not include commentary pushing back against the former president’s comments during the event.
YouTube told the Daily Wire that the video in question went against their “presidential election integrity policy,” which was reportedly implemented on December 9.
“We enforce our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker or political leaning,” Ivy Choi, YouTube’s spokesperson, said. “In accordance with our established presidential election integrity policy, which prohibits content uploaded after the safe harbor deadline claiming widespread fraud changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, we removed this video from Right Side Broadcasting Network. Content featuring footage from CPAC 2021 that does not violate our policies or contains sufficient educational, documentary, scientific and artistic context remains on YouTube.”
The policy’s implementation conveniently took place on December 9, which removes any content that suggests any past president was fraudulent in their claims. Google Support backed this.
“On December 9, we started applying our Presidential Election Integrity policy (below) to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, meaning we remove content that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election uploaded on or after December 9,” Google Support detailed. “We have begun issuing strikes for new content that violates the policy uploaded on or after January 7, 2021.”
According to the section “Presidential Election Integrity,” the site noted: “Content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches changed the outcome of any past U.S. presidential election (Note: this applies to elections in the United States only). For the U.S. 2020 presidential election, this applies to content uploaded on or after December 9, 2020.”
The Daily Wire reported:
After being notified that RSBN’s video was removed, The Daily Wire asked YouTube about two other streams: SkyNews’ video, which hosts nearly the entirety of Trump’s 2021 speech, and NewsNOW from FOX’s video, which shows the entirety of the speech.
Choi said that the footage from SkyNews and NewsNOW from FOX was not in violation of their Community Guidelines, but YouTube apparently refused to comment on the question of identifying how RSBN’s video of the speech violated the guidelines.
“On background, the two videos you shared with us do not violate our Community Guidelines,” Choi said. “As I shared in my statement, content featuring footage from CPAC 2021 that contains sufficient educational, documentary, scientific and artistic context remains on YouTube.”
RSBN was contacted by the news outlet and asked about their position on YouTube’s actions. Their claims were in agreement with what appears to be the YouTube standard on allegations: Compelled speech dispelling claims about widespread voter fraud must be added in order to permit the platforming of Trump’s 2021 full CPAC speech.
“Our video was removed because we refused to give ‘countervailing viewpoints’ following Trump’s speech,” the outlet said. “Essentially they wanted us to go on air after he was done with his speech and ‘push back’ against his claims of election fraud.”
The outlet reported in a post on March 4 that they had been “suspended from YouTube for two weeks, with live streaming and the ability to upload new videos revoked. YouTube has also removed the video from their platform, which at last check was approaching nearly four million views.”
RSBN tweeted: “NEW: RSBN has been suspended from YouTube for two weeks because of the Trump #CPAC2021 speech, which violated their guidelines on election misinformation. The video was approaching 4 million views. They have also removed it from their platform.”
“According to YouTube, this is due to our video of President Trump’s speech at CPAC, which violated their policies on election misinformation,” the report added. “Any further violations may result in the permanent suspension of our YouTube channel, which has amassed over 1.5 million subscribers.”