Youtube Flexes Its Censorship And Bans A Republican Candidate

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 12 October 2021 02:15

A candidate for Congress in Washington state's third district, Joe Kent, announced Wednesday that YouTube permanently banned his account.

"YouTube is censoring Congressional candidates without warning," Kent announced on Twitter. "Oh well, We have rumble."

According to YouTube, Kent's channel was banned for "severe" and "repeated" breaches of the company's Community Guideline policies.

"Hi Joe Kent," YouTube announced in an email. "We have reviewed your content and found severe or repeated violations of our Community Guidelines. Because of this, we have removed your channel from YouTube."

"We know this is probably very upsetting news, but it's our job to make sure that YouTube is a safe place for all. If we think a channel severely violates our policies, we take it down to protect other users on the platform," YouTube went on.

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Although YouTube banned Kent's account, they failed to give the candidate an instance of his "severe" breach towards their community guidelines that supposedly harmed other users.

Joe Kent, a retired Green Beret, and Gold Star husband, is running as a Republican with hopes to replace incumbent Jamie Herrera Beutler in the forthcoming 2022 election. House member Herrera Beutler, a Republican, voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and frequently votes alongside House Democrats.

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Kent, who is running on America-first policies, was praised by President Donald J. Trump in September.

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Meanwhile, Liberal journalists and members of the media celebrated YouTube taking action in censoring anti-vaccine content.

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YouTube published on Wednesday the platform was cracking down on what it considers "misinformation" involving the coronavirus vaccine, which will further apply to vaccines for other illnesses.

"Working closely with health authorities, we looked to balance our commitment to an open platform with the need to remove egregious harmful content," YouTube announced in a statement posted to its blog. "We've steadily seen false claims about the coronavirus vaccines spill over into misinformation about vaccines in general, and we're now at a point where it's more important than ever to expand the work we started with COVID-19 to other vaccines."

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CNN anchor Jim Sciutto praised the news, telling viewers YouTube is "finally, some may say, cracking down on vaccine disinformation."

Donie O'Sullivan, CNN's technology reporter who spends much of his time covering rightwing "misinformation," replied by implying it was a "surprise" that YouTube was "allowing" such content in the first place.

"I mean, we are almost two years into this pandemic," O'Sullivan announced. "This is really sort of basic crazy stuff that I think a lot of people would have assumed with all the talk from these Silicon Valley platforms, that this stuff would already be banned."

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