If you’ve used the internet: you’ve used YouTube — or at the very least heard of it. Even if you don’t use the internet: you’ve probably heard of YouTube. It’s omnipresent: a giant of the world of the internet.
To many, it’s the website where anyone can watch and upload videos — where you can broadcast yourself to the entire world — however, this is far from the truth. The Google-owned monopoly censors conservative content creators and promotes a left-wing agenda.
This is a re-mastered version of a video essay I previously published on my YouTube channel in 2020.
Right before the 2016 election: YouTube introduced “the algorithm,” which arbitrarily decides which videos to promote and suppress. It’s common knowledge among YouTubers that talking about certain topics or having the wrong opinion can get your video demonetized — or even banned — by the algorithm.
Many videos by the conservative channel PragerU are age-restricted, meaning users have to sign-in and confirm they’re an adult to watch them — meanwhile videos by the left-wing channel Vox aren’t, despite covering the same content.
The company bans “Nazi ideology” (the definition of which apparently includes anti-fascist documentaries), but Communist propaganda is entirely allowed — even calls to violence — despite the fact that Joseph Stalin alone killed more people than the entire fascist movement.
It also bans “hacked information that could interfere with the election” — a thinly-veiled attempt to justify censoring content that hurts Joe Biden and other Democrats, such as the New York Post’s exposé on Hunter Biden, which was censored by Facebook and Twitter.
Project Veritas later leaked a conversation with Jen Gennai, an executive at Google, that the big tech company wanted to “prevent the next Trump situation” and was training the algorithm for the 2020 election to hurt the Republican candidate. Trump would go on to lose the election.
YouTube is the online video monopoly. It controls nearly three-fourths of the market share, while many large companies are lucky to get one-fourth. Alternatives such as BitChute and Parlor do exist, however, they cannot even be compared to the colossus that is YouTube: it would be like comparing an ant to the Eiffel Tower. Vimeo, which comes in second-place, only controls around 18.5% of the market share, while websites like BitChute don’t even register.
No one can compete because not only does YouTube have all the videos, viewers, and content creators, but all the funding as well. Creators stick with YouTube because it’s where all the viewers are; viewers stick with YouTube because it has a near-infinite amount of videos, and because it’s more user-friendly than the alternatives; and advertisers stick with YouTube because it’s a “safe” platform where political incorrect speech is highly censored.
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Ian Miles Cheong, “Google Admits It Wants to ‘Prevent The Next Trump Situation’” Human Events. Parallel Media, 25 Jun. 2019. https://humanevents.com/2019/06/24/google-admits-it-wants-to-prevent-the-next-trump-situation/ Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.
Jim Waterson, “YouTube bans videos promoting Nazi ideology” The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited, 5 Jun. 2018. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jun/05/youtube-bans-videos-promoting-nazi-ideology Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.
Noah Manskar. “Twitter, Facebook censor Post over Hunter Biden exposé”. New York Post, 14 Oct. 2020, https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/facebook-twitter-block-the-post-from-posting/. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.
Paige Cooper, “How Does the YouTube Algorithm Work? A Guide to Getting More Views” Hootsuite. Hootsuite, 18 Aug. 2020. https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-the-youtube-algorithm-works/ Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.
Politico. “Presidential election results”. Politico, 6 Jan. 2021, https://www.politico.com/2020-election/results/president/. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.
Richard Nieva, “YouTube bans videos containing hacked information that could interfere with the election” c|net. CBS Interactive, 13 Aug. 2020. https://www.cnet.com/news/ahead-of-dnc-and-rnc-conventions-youtube-bans-videos-containing-hacked-information/ Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.