While conservatives have long complained that big tech companies are biased towards Democrats, an article published in the New York Post this week suggests that the problem is even worse than many imagined.
According to The Federalist contributor and Claremont Institute fellow Benjamin Weingarten, YouTube appears “to be doing the administration’s bidding.”
Author says YouTube appears to be colluding with the Biden administration
As evidence, he pointed to an interview conducted by the Post on January 6 with the son of a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge.
In the footage, Aaron Mostofsky could be seen explaining why he entered the Capitol. Among the reasons Mostofsky cited were his right to speak “as a free American” along with his conviction “that this election was stolen.”
However, YouTube deleted the video, claiming that it ran afoul of the platform’s policy prohibiting the spread of “misinformation.”
Weingarten wrote, “In its removal notice, it asserts that ‘it’s our job to make sure that YouTube is a safe place for all,’ arguing that ‘content that advances false claims that widespread fraud … changed the outcome of the US 2020 presidential election is not allowed …'”
He noted that this policy is consistent with Biden administration’s June 2021 National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism.
The author quoted it as saying that “narratives of fraud in the recent general election … will almost certainly spur some DVEs [domestic violent extremists] to try to engage in violence.”
Double standards are eroding trust
In addition to calling the move “detrimental to our discourse,” Weingarten blasted it as being “hypocritical” given how YouTube is highly selective when it comes to what gets classified as misinformation.
“Don’t hold your breath looking for instances of it disappearing corporate media interviews in which prominent Democrats lie, let alone Xi Jinping’s speeches,” he remarked.
As Weingarten sees it, “Big Tech has become a significant partner in enforcing regime orthodoxy by suppressing dissent under the guise of national security.”
What’s more, he insists that instead of fostering confidence in America’s institutions, such partisan favoritism “will only further erode trust for the millions who have lost faith in our system.”