‘MISINFORMATION’ – YouTube Bans Pennsylvania GOP Candidate Forum
YouTube, which is owned by Google, removed a Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate forum livestream over the weekend.
Michael Geer, the president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, hosted the forum Thursday outside of Philadelphia.
“Our team has reviewed your content, and, unfortunately, we think it violates our misinformation policy. We’ve removed the following content from YouTube: [the Gubernatorial Forum Livestream],” YouTube wrote in an email to the Pennsylvania Family Institute.
“YouTube offered no specifics of what is alleged to be in violation, beyond indicating that it had to do with content related to the 2020 Presidential election,” Geer said in a statement. “That election was not mentioned in our questions, and we can only conclude that the YouTube censors did not like the answers given by one or more of the candidates.”
“This is a blatant assault on free speech, free elections, on the ability of candidates to freely state their views, and on the right of citizens to hear the varied perspectives of those who are seeking their votes,” said Geer. “It hinders the process of democracy, shuts down the free marketplace of ideas, and ironically, further erodes confidence in our elections.”
Geer told the Todd Starnes Show Monday YouTube could have removed it because of discussion about election integrity, transgender athletes or sexualizing youth education in public schools.
“But who knows what triggers them these days because they don’t really tell you,” Geer said.
“This is troubling because it was not some sort of attack on somebody,” host Todd Starnes said.
Geer said it worries him about the upcoming election to see YouTube doing this about a neutral forum.
“Will Republican candidates be able to get their message out to the people?” Geer wondered. “This is very dangerous.”