‘Digital Brownshirts’ at CCDH Beg for Even More YouTube Censorship

January 16th, 2024 4:58 PM

The authoritarians at the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) have an overwhelmingly broad new censorship demand for YouTube. 

The CCDH published a Jan. 16 report, dutifully and uncritically promoted by CNN, calling on YouTube to “demonetize” and “de-amplify” content that contains any unapproved opinions on “climate change.” Even though the CCDH claimed that YouTube already takes action against denials of “climate change,” CCDH’s “digital brownshirts” screeched that some of the content on YouTube that pushes back against the leftist “climate change” narrative was still monetized. The CCDH went on to recommend the following draconian censorship policy: “We do not allow content that contradicts the authoritative scientific consensus on the causes, impacts, and solutions to climate change.” George Orwell turns over in his grave.

The CCDH repeatedly celebrated past censorship victories it supposedly achieved in its 56-page report all while calling for YouTube to drastically censor more content. The report directly referred to all content on “climate change” that didn’t correspond to leftist ideology as so-called “New Denial” in contrast to what they described as “Old Denial,” or denying the existence of “climate change.” This is certainly “Newspeak” for sure. 

CNN writer Rachel Ramirez carried water for the CCDH in a recent article, passing on the censorship fanatics’ fears that “New Denial” content would escape censorship on YouTube. She also included this veiled threat from CCDH CEO Imran Ahmed: “There aren’t many companies that would be happy about seeing their advertising appear next to clear climate denial content…And I imagine they will be furious to find out that they are inadvertently funding climate denial content.”

Ramirez also claimed that the CCDH report had already resulted in YouTube censorship. She wrote, “[CCDH] said that after reviewing the CCDH report, it found some of the videos included did violate existing climate change policies and has since removed ads from them.”  Free speech be damned. 

The report also targeted other social media companies such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and X, saying that they “must evaluate their own platforms for the prevalence of New Denial content.” The CCDH singled out X in particular, whining that the Elon Musk-owned platform had no policy pushing the censorship of different opinions on “climate change.” 

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