@PragerU Sues Google/YouTube for Censoring The Conservative Mindset
Written by Peter Boykin on March 14, 2018
PragerU was originally founded by nationally-syndicated radio host and bestselling author Dennis Prager and has been very proud to bring the principles of liberty to millions of young people on the internet every day.
As they have stated in a recent email out to their supporters,
“our reach has grown by leaps and bounds… until recently.”
PragerU recently filed a lawsuit against video giant YouTube and its parent company, Google, for their ongoing and systematic censorship of their very informative conservative videos. For more than a year, YouTube has continued to restrict access to more and more of PragerU videos – simply because they present a conservative point of view.
Currently at last count over 40 PragerU videos are restricted, which means that millions of young adults are missing out on their valuable, educational, conservative content every day.
“Silicon Valley giants like YouTube think that they can censor the ideas they don’t agree with. They’re trying to promote their Leftist ideology while keeping conservative principles out of the minds of college students and young adults!”
March 15, PragerU is heading to court to face off against the tech giants at Google and YouTube for their censorship of their educational videos. We need your support now more than ever. They are fighting a tough batter as they need to win in both the court of public opinion, as well as in the actual courtroom.
PragerU has recently launched a public awareness video to bring much-needed attention to the issue.
The video has already been viewed over 6 million times but more people need to be reached.
PragerU has also launched an online petition to help fight back against YouTube, that currently has over 450,000 signatures with the goal to get over 1 million signatures so YouTube cannot ignore them anymore.
But, the only way they can fight is with everyone’s help!
Please Donate to PragerU to help them fight this very tough court battle!
PragerU Takes Legal Action Against Google and YouTube for Discrimination
VIEW FULL LAWSUIT COMPLAINT HERE
“This is speech discrimination plain and simple, censorship based entirely on unspecified ideological objection to the message or on the perceived identity and political viewpoint of the speaker”
– 36th Governor of California Pete Wilson
Browne, George, Ross LLP
LOS ANGELES — Prager University (PragerU) has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to stop Google and YouTube from unlawfully censoring its educational videos and discriminating against its right to freedom of speech.
The lawsuit cites more than 50 PragerU videos which have either been “restricted” or “demonetized” by Google/YouTube. The PragerU videos range on various subjects presenting a conservative point of view, and include a video by noted Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz on the founding of Israel. PragerU previously compiled a complete list of their restricted videos here, which includes: “Why America Must Lead,” “The Ten Commandments: Do Not Murder,” “Why Did America Fight the Korean War,” and “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians.”
In correspondence cited in the filing, Google/YouTube made it clear that the censorship of certain videos was because they were deemed “inappropriate” for younger audiences.
“Watch any one of our videos and you’ll immediately realize that Google/YouTube censorship is entirely ideologically driven. For the record, our videos are presented by some of the finest minds in the Western world, including four Pulitzer Prize winners, former prime ministers, and professors from the most prestigious universities in America,” stated PragerU founder Dennis Prager.
Prager added, “They are engaging in an arbitrary and capricious use of their ‘restricted mode’ and ‘demonetization’ to restrict non-left political thought. Their censorship is profoundly damaging because Google and YouTube own and control the largest forum for public participation in video-based speech in not only California, but the United States, and the world.”
The total number of people who currently use YouTube exceeds 1.3 billion people. Google and YouTube advertise YouTube to the public as a forum intended to defend and protect free speech where members of the general public may express and exchange their ideas. They have represented that their platforms and services are intended to effectuate the exercise of free speech among the public. According to Google and YouTube: “voices matter.” YouTube states that it is “committed to fostering a community where everyone’s voice can be heard.”
“However,” said Eric George of Browne George Ross, the firm representing PragerU, “Google and YouTube use restricted mode filtering not to protect younger or sensitive viewers from ‘inappropriate’ video content, but as a political gag mechanism to silence PragerU. Google and YouTube do this not because they have identified video content that violates their guidelines or is otherwise inappropriate for younger viewers, but because PragerU is a conservative nonprofit organization that is associated with and espouses the views of leading conservative speakers and scholars.”
“This is not a left/right issue. It is a free speech issue, which is why prominent liberals, such as Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, are supporting our lawsuit,” Prager concluded.
The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California is available here.
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Advisory Legal Council:
Former Governor Pete Wilson’s Law Firm, Browne, George and Ross;
Barak Lurie, Kelly Shackelford, Mat Staver;
and additional prominent attorneys.
PragerU, founded by Dennis Prager in 2011, is a not-for-profit organization that helps millions understand the values that shaped America and provides millions of Americans and people around the world with the intellectual ammunition they need to advocate for limited government, individual responsibility and economic freedom. In 2016 alone, PragerU’s videos received over 250 million views, a figure that will eclipse 350 million in 2017. PragerU is a resource for all who value liberty. It is a threat to all those who do not.
Note: It seems Twitter is giving @PragerU issues too:
— PragerU (@prageru) March 8, 2018
— PragerU (@prageru) March 10, 2018