YouTube is censoring lockdown sceptics

An interview with Peter Hitchens has been delisted from YouTube’s search function because he opposes lockdown.


Topics Covid-19 Free Speech Politics

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YouTube has become a censorship hot spot during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its latest target is Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens, one of the UK’s most outspoken critics of lockdown.

His interview on the Triggernometry podcast has been ‘shadow banned’. It has not been deleted but it cannot be found by searching for it on YouTube and Google. This move is clearly designed to limit the video’s audience as viewers need a direct link in order to access it:

— TRIGGERnometry (@triggerpod) June 1, 2020

Other videos featuring lockdown sceptics have been deleted outright. Toby Young, who runs the blog, was removed by YouTube for supposedly violating its guidelines.

— Toby Young (@toadmeister) May 27, 2020

In recent weeks, even scientists who have opposed the lockdown have been censored by YouTube, such as Professor Karol Sikora and Dr Knut Wittkowski (the former was eventually reinstated after significant public pressure).

Internet censorship has reached epidemic proportions.

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Topics Covid-19 Free Speech Politics


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