Video blogger Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg recently celebrated reaching 100 million subscribers on YouTube by releasing a video in which he announced a $50,000 donation to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The ADL is one of the leading advocates of extreme censorship on Big Tech platforms. Whether he realizes it or not, PewDiePie is contributing to the deplatforming of other individuals within the YouTube community..
PewDiePie was once targeted by the ADL’s hate machine years ago, as the organization led a boycott campaign against him that coerced Disney into dropping him as a talent following an edgy joke he made in one of his YouTube videos.
“ADL commends Disney’s decision to sever ties with PewDiePie following his posting of videos on YouTube containing swastikas and other anti-Semitic content,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in 2017. “This clearly crosses a line, but is becoming all-too commonplace on social media.”
After widespread anger and accusations of blackmail in the comments section of his YouTube video, PewDiePie released a statement today attempting to quash the outrage among his fans.
“Misrepresenting headlines of me has led me down a path of twists with MSM for years now. Previously it hasn’t bothered me much, I know who I am. But, after the Christ Church travesty a few months ago, my own clash with MSM was manipulated as a tool for destruction,” PewDiePie explained about his decision. “I’m not ok with this situation any longer and I’ve felt responsibility to make changes.”
“Making a donation to ADL doesn’t make sense to everyone, especially since they’ve outright spoken against me. I wanted to show publicly that I can move past it and move on. I think that it’s important, it just isn’t my fight anymore,” he added.
Tim Pool, the independent journalist who has covered Big Tech censorship extensively, is not buying PewDiePie’s explanation.
The ADL has caused collateral damage to tens of thousands of small creators livelihoods
Pewdiepie is not being a bigger man he's taking a payday on a milestone he reached thanks to the youtube community
He then funds an organization that will get people in that community banned https://t.co/e0nqXLKFoS
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) September 11, 2019
The ADL proudly works with tech monopolies to devise new ways to censor content, as the Big Brother crackdown kicks into high gear heading into the 2020 presidential election.
“We work with Google on using AI to try and interrupt cyber-hate before it happens,” Greenblatt told the Council on Foreign Relations earlier this year.
“So there are different ways [Facebook] can tweak their algorithms and adjust their products so they think not only about free speech… but protect the user’s right to not be harassed or hated,” he added.
“There is a gap in the legal regime. There are techniques that extremists have used online to terrorize Jews and other people like doxing, and swatting and different forms of cyberbullying that are not covered by existing laws and need to be,” Greenblatt concluded, making it clear that his organization’s ultimate goal is destruction of the Bill of Rights and Constitution.
It remains to be seen if there will be a change in PewDiePie’s content now that he has paid his tribute to the influential thought control group.
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