YouTube pulled a recent interview between Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and former President Donald Trump on Friday for violating the platform’s rules against “misinformation.”
YouTube pulled the latest episode of “Real America with Ronna McDaniel,” an online show featuring McDaniel’s interviews with leading Republicans, from its platform over references that Trump made about the 2020 election.
YouTube informed the RNC about the censorship and a strike against the official GOP YouTube account in an email Friday. In an email obtained by The Daily Wire, YouTube said that the episode was pulled because Trump claimed the 2020 election to be “rigged” without being challenged. YouTube told the RNC that the episode would have been allowed to remain on the platform if “it included sufficient context with countervailing views.” The email said:
I wanted to let y’all know that your video, Real America Season 2, Episode 5: President Donald J. Trump, has been removed from the GOP YouTube channel, because it violated our policies pertaining to elections misinformation and does not contain sufficient EDSA context. Namely, the video contains claims that the 2020 election was “rigged,” with “tremendous voter fraud,” and countervailing views, which we refer to as EDSA context, on those remarks are not provided in the video, audio, title or description.
To clarify, this content would be permitted if it included sufficient context with countervailing views.
As a result, a one-time warning has been applied to the channel. This warning does not restrict your access to YouTube features, but future violations may result in Community Guidelines strikes and restrict feature access. You can find more information about our other Community Guidelines here.
In a statement to The Daily Wire, McDaniel accused YouTube of “censoring conservative opinion” in Big Tech’s campaign against free speech.
“YouTube’s decision to remove a filmed conversation between former President Trump and the Chairwoman of the Republican Party is just the latest example of Big Tech’s chilling approach to censoring conservative opinion,” McDaniel said.
“Silicon Valley oligarchs care more about advancing their political agenda and de-platforming their opponents than they do about free speech,” she continued. “This blatant censorship should concern every American: if they can silence a former President, they can silence any citizen who they view as stepping out of line.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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