YouTube removed several hours of live streams from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) event held in February for violating its misinformation policies. The removal of the videos cost the CPAC channel a strike, which could restrict the organization’s ability to use the platform in the future.
In response to the initial removals, CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp wrote a letter to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, urging him to reverse the decision.
“Regardless of your personal beliefs and those of your senior leadership (not to mention your absolute liberal bias), there remain very serious questions about the way the 2020 election was conducted.
“Removing our content does not erase those questions, no matter how hard you try. Indeed, it is telling you offer no evidence that would demonstrate any falsity in the content you censored,” Schlapp wrote.
Instead of reversing its decision, YouTube responded to Schlapp’s letter by removing more videos from the CPAC event.
“In a matter of weeks, Big Tech platforms have banned speech identifying biological men as men, removed video of a sitting U.S. senator criticizing them, banned a news service for streaming a speech from former President Trump, and changed policy to allow calls for assassinations, as long as they’re against Russians,” Bovard told The Federalist.
“These companies represent the biggest speech platforms in the world and are actively seeking to change free speech culture in America along overt ideological lines. They aren’t scared of their users, and they aren’t scared of Congress. They cannot be shamed. It’s time for Congress to act aggressively.”
“In America, the people rule. Not the tech tyrants. The time for our self-government to act is growing more urgent by the day,” she added.