YouTube is a place where creators are free to make content. So long as that content pleases the censorship gods (see YouTube Partners With Anti ‘Hate Speech’ Organization to Flag Hateful Videos). If not, it’s a quick boot to the realm of shadows and silence for you. We’ve been there a few times before. It’s dark and scary. Almost as dark and scary as Chris Christie’s abortion-loving underbelly.
The platform is brewing with new ideas to enforce thought policing. The most recent of these is a way to combat conspiracy theory videos. Apparently monitoring the language of a few tin foil hatted kooks is high on their list of priorities. I kid you not:
Wojcicki announced the new feature, which she called “information cues,” during a talk … at the South by Southwest conference.
Here’s how it will work: If you search and click on a conspiracy theory video about, say, chemtrails, YouTube will now link to a Wikipedia page that debunks the hoax alongside the video. A video calling into question whether humans have ever landed on the moon might be accompanied by the official Wikipedia page about the Apollo Moon landing in 1969. Wojcicki says the feature will only include conspiracy theories right now that have “significant debate” on the platform.
YouTube: Broadcast Yourself is officially a thing of the past. The dawn of a new age is non-consensually thrust upon us. We’ve now entered YouTube: The Ultimate Arbiter of Truth. Or YouTube: Ruining Everything.
Maybe this will only apply to a few anti-vaxxer nut jobs. Looking at YouTube’s track record, however, it’s likely these special rules will be applied to anyone YouTube sees fit.
Perhaps a video debunking common gun control myths will be categorized as “spreading false information.” Then promptly plastered with opposing links. Perhaps YouTube will expand its sources for debunking proof from Wikipedia to sites like Vox or HuffPo. This isn’t exactly a stretch (see SHOTS FIRED: Google Targets Conservative Media with Biased New Feature). It’s a slippery slope we’ve seen social media giants hurl themselves down with the speed of a greased bowling ball.
It seems YouTube is highly concerned with monitoring every word uttered onto its platform. You’d think they’d spend their efforts elsewhere, such as making it easier for creators to create. Coming up with new tools to assist in creating better quality content. Instead, they’re throwing together a sifter to weed out the content they don’t like. Beware all ye who dissent! Wrong think shall be corrected.
The Führer would be so proud.