We’ve all had our issues with YouTube, but the company seems to have a problem with PragerU more than most (see Fascism? YouTube Marks 21 PragerU Videos As “Restricted” and YouTube Just Restricted a Mike Rowe Video. And He’s Speaking Out…). Well, guess what? PragerU is fed up.
On, it’s on now.
Prager University, a nonprofit that produces short, educational videos from conservative perspectives, is suing YouTube and its parent company, Google, claiming the tech giant is illegally censoring some of its content as part of a wider effort to silence conservative voices.
A lawsuit filed Monday evening in federal court in San Francisco says YouTube’s more than 30 million visitors a day make the site so elemental to free speech in the digital age that it should be treated as a public forum.
Yeah, yeah, “But YouTube is a private company so it’s not censorship, you stupid conservative hypocrites.”
Let’s play a version of devil’s advocate, for funsies. Companies like YouTube and Facebook HAVE become elemental to society. Not unlike telephones. And there are a boatload of people on the left and the right who are coming to the conclusion — albeit for different reasons — that large social media behemoths like Facebook and YouTube need to be regulated as a public utility. We can argue the validity of that point at a later time. Ask yourself: how did you land on this very article you’re reading? Did you come here via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or organically (through a Google search)? Uh huh.
This case will be interesting. But we already know YouTube likes to play favorites. With the left.