A conservative media company has sued YouTube, saying that the online video giant illegally censors the short videos it produces.
PragerU was founded in 2011 by Dennis Prager, a prominent conservative writer and radio talk show host. The organization is a nonprofit that espouses conservative viewpoints on various issues by means of short, animated videos, which it posts on its own website, as well as its YouTube channel.
“Google/YouTube have represented that their platforms and services are intended to effectuate the exercise free speech among the public,” write PragerU lawyers in the organization’s complaint (PDF), filed Monday. “As applied to PragerU, Google/YouTube use their restricted mode filtering not to protect younger or sensitive viewers from ‘inappropriate’ video content, but as a political gag mechanism to silence PragerU.”
PragerU says that at least 37 of its videos continue to be censored by “restricted mode filtering,” which limits views based on certain characteristics, including the age of the viewer. Those videos include “educational content ranging from the legal creation of
Israel and the history of the Korean War, to the idea of diversity of thought on college campuses.”
YouTube’s actions are “absurd, arbitrary, capricious, and devoid of any rational basis,” the lawsuit states. The lawsuit cites cases like Fashion Valley Mall v. National Labor Relations Board, in which the California Supreme Court allowed protesters to pass out leaflets on mall property, even though they were advocating for boycotts of certain stores.
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