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Before the Senate on Tuesday, Dennis Prager, the founder of the conservative behemoth PragerU and its affiliated YouTube Channels, railed against the video-sharing service for restricting access to roughly one-fifth of his video content for being “mature contents” considered inappropriate for younger audiences.
Prager testified that YouTube routinely suppresses conservative perspectives such as his on its website and bars “restricted mode” users from viewing roughly twenty percent of the 320 videos uploaded by his channel. Censored content includes videos on the Ten Commandments and the history of Israel, according to Prager.
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“We have repeatedly asked Google why our videos are restricted. No explanation is ever given," he said. "But, of course, we know why. Because they come from a conservative perspective."
"Restricted mode" is an optional feature on YouTube that purportedly filters out “mature content” that is inappropriate for children and young people or institutions like churches and schools. Google, which owns YouTube, does not make clear what exactly constitutes “mature content” on its website.
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Karan Bhatia, a Google executive who also testified at the Monday hearing, explained that the feature is supposed to tag “war, rape, and things like that.”
Bhatia explained during the hearing that YouTube tagged PragerU’s ten commandment video specifically because it “contains references to murder … [and] potentially Nazism and World War Two, perhaps something along those lines.”
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The Ten Commandments video in question considers the moral and religious arguments surrounding murder to explain the importance of God’s command. It also contains a passing reference to Nazi and Communist killings to argue atheism does not prevent murder. The Ten Commandments video is still unwatchable for “restricted mode” users as of this article’s publication.
Prager said that Bhatia’s explanation for suppressing his video was “so absurd as to be hilarious.” He promised to upload a video without any reference to...
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