Youtube’s purge of anti-establishment voices similar to censorship inside Muslim nation
March 22, 2018
Turkey’s latest censorship bid is actually not much different than what YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are already doing.
Turkey is now regulating Internet broadcasts, according to Bloomberg, and video streaming services will have to apply for permits to broadcast their content in the country.
But when you compare the details of Turkey’s censorship program, you’ll start to realize that a lot of it is similar to the “community standards” used by Silicon Valley to censor conservative and libertarian voices.
Just take a look at the following from the Bloomberg piece:
The regulation will require online video streaming companies and pay-TV services to apply for a license from the watchdog, known by its Turkish initials RTUK. Courts can block access for Turkish users if the necessary permits aren’t secured.
So, to obtain a license in Turkey, you have to adhere to a specific set of standards enacted by the watchdog.
Similarly, to stay on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter (aka keeping a “license”), you also have to abide to a specific set of standards enacted by the sites’ watchdogs, many of whom adhere to anti-free speech “social justice warrior” ideologies and are thus similar to Turkish censors.
RTUK has become notorious for aggressively handing out penalties or banning broadcasts that it judges to be immoral, inconsistent with Turkish family values, or that stray from the government line on politics.
That sounds just like censorship on YouTube, especially with the site’s recent purge of Second Amendment videos.
“According to YouTube’s updated restrictions, the site no longer allows content that ‘Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales…or links to sites that sell these items,’” according to…