YouTube Restricts Video of Man Assaulting Irish Pro-lifer as He Posts a #SaveThe8th Sign
Video merely showed a man pushing another man over.
YouTube is developing a reputation for censoring or restricting conservative videos. Videos exposing assaults on conservatives, for instance, may be censored for “violence.”
On May 25, voters in Ireland will decide whether to legalize abortion. Those who want the law to protect the unborn formed an opposition campaign called “Save the 8th,” referring to the Eighth Amendment which bans abortion. They are facing censorship by the big tech companies. Google has banned all ads related to the referendum. Facebook banned groups outside of Ireland from running referendum ads.
Then, on May 3, a campaigner with Save the 8th was assaulted by an opponent. The entire confrontation was caught on video. The campaigner tries to use a ladder to put a sign on a pole. The opponent starts swearing at him profusely. He tells him he will not let him mount the sign. Finally, the opponent shoves the ladder, knocking the campaigner down flat on his back.
The video was uploaded to YouTube on May 4. However, YouTube slapped a restricted content label on it. This prohibits those under age 18 from viewing it, and everyone else must login using a Google account.
Since children are often involved in pro-life demonstrations, shouldn’t they be allowed to see what is happening? There is violence portrayed every evening on the nightly news. YouTube’s policy states, “It’s not okay to post violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or gratuitous.” The video doesn’t fit that description. It is meant to be educational and to create awareness about the hate on the side that supports abortion. It is news. The man was caught on video committing a misdemeanor.
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