Grabien Owner Tom Elliot said YouTube, owned by Google removed his video of Democrat Rep. Cynthia Johnson’s viral warning to Trump supporters that many perceived as a threat.
Elliot shared a screenshot of YouTube saying they removed the content because “we think it violates our violent criminal organizations policy.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 11, 2020
Other videos of Cynthia Johnson on YouTube still exist and it’s unclear if this was an isolated incident or company-wide policy..
“So this is just a warning to you Trumpers,” Johnson says in the video “be careful, walk lightly, we ain’t playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough. And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right, be in order, make them pay.”
She adds ominously “I wish I could be talking to y’all in a private room, because, uh, I just wish I could, but we’re public so…”
Last week, Google owned YouTube announced they will remove videos that allege “widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.”
This statement was part of a YouTube blog post called “Supporting the 2020 U.S. Election.”
Yesterday was the safe harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect. Given that, we will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, in line with our approach towards historical U.S. Presidential elections. For example, we will remove videos claiming that a Presidential candidate won the election due to widespread software glitches or counting errors. We will begin enforcing this policy today, and will ramp up in the weeks to come. As always, news coverage and commentary on these issues can remain on our site if there’s sufficient education, documentary, scientific or artistic context.
The same blog post writes “Limiting the reach of borderline content and prominently surfacing authoritative information are important ways we protect people from problematic content that doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines. Over 70% of recommendations on election-related topics came from authoritative news sources and the top recommended videos and channels for election-related content were primarily authoritative news. In fact, the top 10 authoritative news channels were recommended over 14X more than the top 10 non-authoritative channels on election-related content.”
The post also discusses YouTube’s “fact check information panels.”