YouTube labeled a Fox News interview featuring former Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard as being potentially “offensive” or “inappropriate.”
Since when is calling for peace inappropriate?
Ingraham Angle host Laura Ingraham asked Gabbard in an early March interview, “Congresswoman, why are we talking about no-fly zones instead of the fact that for the first time we have President Zelensky stepping back from his earlier NATO wishes and even demands?”
Gabbard indicated shock that few people are discussing a statement by Zelensky on ABC News that “he's open to the fact of saying, ‘Hey, yeah, maybe we'll set this NATO membership thing aside,’ and he's willing to talk with Putin directly to negotiate.”
YouTube slapped the Fox News video with two layers of censorship. One filter suggested that “This video may be inappropriate for some users,” requiring viewers to click, “I understand and wish to proceed.” Another filter claimed “the following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.”
Gabbard went on to theorize that Western leaders are actively sabotaging attempts at settling the conflict because “it's good for the military industrial complex” and “allows them to have this proxy war with Russia, something that Hillary Clinton laid out just recently.” She drove her point home by condemning Western pro-war sentiment in dire terms:
“This power elite in Washington, want to turn Ukraine into another Afghanistan, turn into killing fields where this long-term insurgency is supported. And they bleed out and cripple, kill as many Russians as possible for who knows …how long, and they're really showing their real aim in the fact that they're not taking action right now to end this conflict.”
YouTube has made a name for itself in recent weeks by censoring users who question legacy media and pro-war consensus. YouTube censored the “Ukraine on Fire” (2016) documentary showing the purported history of U.S. involvement in Ukraine.
YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi told MRC Free Speech America that “We removed this video for violating our violent or graphic content policy,” later adding that “Reuploads of this video containing the violative content will also be removed from YouTube.” Mysteriously, that did not prevent the documentary from being available for the previous “10 months before the platform censored it,” according to the Washington Examiner.
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