YouTube content warnings

Published by marco on

At first, YouTube stopped bringing certain subscribed content into newsfeeds – unless you explicitly marked that subscription as “show all content”. Shows like Redacted Tonight weren’t exactly being suppressed, but they weren’t being promoted in the same way that much-more mainstream content was being promoted. However, if people simply browse the next item suggested by Google, slack-jawed and dull-eyed, then it amounts to suppression, in the end.

Now, YouTube/Google is plastering warnings on certain videos, as shown below.

 Redacted Tonight, Episode 211 Propaganda Warning

There’s a feedback button, so I wrote the following:

Constructive criticism: please allow me to dispatch the warning (i.e. “don’t show again”).

Actual criticism: don’t show the warning at all. It is is not your place to police people’s sources.

You’ve got to be kidding me with this “warning”.

Why don’t you just go whole hog and write that Lee Camp is a paid mouthpiece for the FSB and is seeking to destroy everything that is good and noble about the grand American dream that has allowed a glorious entity like Google to govern what people can and can’t watch on the Internet? Maybe add that Lee won’t stop until Russia’s jackboot is across the trachea of every American, choking off the drawn breath of a nobler, kinder race, leaving us with only the steel-grey vision of Communist homogeneity and conformity and vague memories of how glorious things once were?

I think that’s got a better ring to it.

It’s completely untrue, though, to be clear.

It is, in fact, the exact opposite of what Lee’s doing, but go ahead and mark his videos as propaganda anyway. It’s not like any of us can stop you. Lee is on RT because no-one in America will hire him. This is for the same reason that you’re marking his videos with little “might be Russian propaganda” labels: American media is a strictly controlled ideological landscape that brooks no dissent, especially in directions that might even tangentially affect the business model of our corporate masters.