ORWELLIAN: YouTube CEO Recommends Governments Pass Laws To Control Online Speech

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 23: Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube delivers her keynote at #VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on July 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)

The CEO of Google-owned YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, recently urged governments around the world to pass new laws aimed at canceling speech, especially on the web, that is deemed “harmful.” Wojcicki discussed her path to “more control over online speech,” which seemingly includes passing laws that have no regard for the First Amendment.

“Our recommendation, if governments want to have more control over online speech is to pass laws to have that be very cleanly and clearly defined so that we can implement it,” Wojcicki said during an interview with the Hamburg-based broadcaster TIDETVhamburg.

Wojcicki was asked about how the platform manages to wade through numerous rules and regulations around the globe given the online nature of its content. 

“We work around the globe, and you’re right, certainly there are many different laws and many different jurisdictions, and we…enforce the laws of the various jurisdictions around speech or what’s considered safe or not safe,” Wojcicki said.

The YouTube CEO talked about the company’s ‘misinformation’ position and explained that their choice to censor those who do not fall into mainstream thought will remain more “controversial” until governments can step in and criminalize their ability to speak freely.

What has been the controversial part is when there is content that would be deemed as harmful but yet is not illegal. An example of that, for example, would be COVID.

I’m not aware of there being laws by governments saying around COVID in terms of not being able to debate the efficacy of masks or where the virus came from or the right treatment or proposal but yet there was a lot of pressure and concern about us distributing misinformation that went against what was the standard and accepted medical knowledge.

And so this category of harmful but…legal has been, I think, where most of the discussion has been.

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Big League Politics has covered politically-motivated censorship by the big tech conglomerate on numerous occasions, reporting on numerous campaigns of Google to cut the ability of political dissidents to make money by pulling their ad revenue away. We also have several exclusive reports on the company. These include their censorship of stories exposing draconian treatments of military students at the West Point Academy that arguably violate human rights as well as their purging of an online anti-mandate petition addressed to the University of California system.

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