A prominent right wing commentator whose YouTube account had been suspended for an alleged copyright infringement was reinstated Wednesday morning.
The suspension was suspiciously timed – just after McGinnes was dropped from Blaze TV after its merger with CRTV. He suspected that he might have been the victim of a targeted hit facilitated by Silicon Valley and carried out by Yellow Brand, who assured him via email that that was untrue. McInnes has been de-platformed from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
After he was assured by Yellow Brand that his account was mistakenly reported, YouTube still refused to reinstate it.
“Hello, Unfortunately, if your channel has been removed due to copyright infringement, we are unable to process your appeal. Please visit the YouTube Copyright Center for more information,” YouTube reportedly said in an email after McInnes made it clear that the copyright claim was a mistake.
“I filled out all the forms correctly and YouTube comes back with ‘we are unable to process your appeal.’ Something very weird is going on here. I wouldn’t be surprised if Vans didn’t even know about this and it was someone else. It could also just have been someone at Google who was told to get rid of me,” he reportedly told Gateway Pundit.
Only after he met with his attorney to discuss a possible lawsuit against Yellow Brand and YouTube was his account reinstated, to the delight of conservatives and to the chagrin of liberals.
“Gavin McInnes’ YouTube account has been restored,” said Paul Joseph Watson on Twitter, attaching a photo of the live account.
Gavin McInnes' YouTube account has been restored. pic.twitter.com/FGxbG1XzeI
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) December 12, 2018
Leftist MoveOn’s Jordan Uhl, apparently a fan of censorship of ideas with which he disagrees, complained about the reinstatement.
“Gavin was too much for Glenn Beck and Mark Levin but not for ABC and YouTube?” he said.
Gavin was too much for Glenn Beck and Mark Levin but not for ABC and YouTube? pic.twitter.com/pKzkjxTCcg
— jordan (@JordanUhl) December 12, 2018
Leftist Media Matter’s retweeted Uhl’s Tweet.
McInnes lives to fight another day during a time when right wing opinions are considered taboo by major Silicon Valley players.
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YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety
Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?
The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.
Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.
“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.
Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”
This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.
Examples from the article:
- Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
- Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
- Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
- Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)
You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.
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