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YouTube Takes the 'Fahrenheit 451' Approach to History and Free Speech

YouTube Takes the 'Fahrenheit 451' Approach to History and Free Speech
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“Fahrenheit 451” is Ray Bradbury’s modern classic depicting a future society where fire departments are used to burn books rather than extinguishing fires. Books have been banned, and with them the history, the knowledge, and literature contained within them.

It turned out to be more prophecy than fiction. Not content with deleting American history — especially as it relates to slavery and the Civil War — liberals are now attacking the darkest pages of world history.

MIT Technology Review reported Saturday that YouTube, a Google subsidiary, decided on its own to delete thousands of channels containing archival footage that depicted Germany’s Third Reich, all in an effort to stamp out so-called “hate speech.”

As a result, “multiple teachers are complaining that videos uploaded to educate people about Nazi history have been deleted,” MIT reported.

Scott Allsop, who teaches at an international school in Romania and runs a website called MrAllsopHistory, was one of those affected teachers. He was informed that his clips were removed because they contained “content that promotes hatred or violence against members of a protected group.”

The videos were transferred to YouTube from deteriorating VHS tapes and BBC documentaries that are no longer readily available.

“It’s absolutely vital that YouTube work to undo the damage caused by their indiscriminate implementation as soon as possible,” Allsop told The Guardian. “Access to important material is being denied wholesale as many other channels are left branded as promoting hate when they do nothing of the sort.”

The issue came up Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” when program host Brian Stelter observed that “there’s been a backlash and some problems with the way [the censoring is] being enforced. Some educational videos about these issues have also been removed and banned.”

He asked, “whatever happened to meet terrible speech with more speech?”

Panelist S.E. Cupp agreed. “I think erring on the side of not censoring is generally the best position, especially when censoring includes educational information, facts, history,” she said, and added: “I find it particularly jarring, though, that the people begging corporations to censor this are mostly journalists.”

YouTube arrived at its purging decision Wednesday, and historical video footage wasn’t the only thing thrown into its “electronic bonfire.” So too were conservative video commentator Steven Crowder’s clips.

YouTube demonetized his “Louder With Crowder” videos one day after it assured him that he hadn’t violated any rules, which prompted the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

“This is ridiculous. YouTube is not the Star Chamber — stop playing God & silencing those voices you disagree with,” he tweeted. “This will not end well.”

Cruz added that hateful content posted by liberals was oddly left intact.

“This is nuts. YouTube needs to explain why @scrowder is banned, but @iamsambee (“Ivanka is a feckless c***.”) & @JimCarrey (“look at my pretty picture of Gov. Kay Ivey being murdered in the womb”) aren’t,” he said. “No coherent standard explains it. Here’s an idea: DON’T BLACKLIST ANYBODY.”

And as Stelter observed Sunday, “don’t blacklist anybody” is the theory behind the First Amendment. You should promote more speech instead of banning speech with which you disagree.

This new definition of “hate speech” that includes speech that’s factually true but may be unpleasant for some to hear has also crept into academia.

After a Chinese-American college professor in Georgia observed that illegal immigration financially burdens the economy, people began calling for him to be fired.

“If you are going to reward illegal immigrants, there will be more illegal immigrants,” Fang Zhou, a Georgia Gwinnett College associate history professor, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

There’s little question but that illegal immigration drains social services, overextends hospital emergency services, and overloads school classrooms. It also draws jobs away from unskilled American workers.

“I am against political correctness,” Zhou added. “I speak truth to power in class and my students learn about the financial drain of illegal immigration on the economy and the high crime rates of illegal immigrants.”

And for speaking the truth that others don’t want to hear, they want his head.

“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it,” is an observation attributed to writer and philosopher George Santayana.

But in modern American society, telling people what they want to hear apparently trumps teaching history and telling the truth.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.

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MIT Technology Review reported Saturday that YouTube, a Google subsidiary, decided on its own to delete thousands of channels containing archival footage that depicted Germany’s Third Reich, all in an effort to stamp out so-called “hate speech.”
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