YouTube removed videos of the conservative CPAC conference featuring former President Donald Trump and a number of other GOP lawmakers after the footage violated the service’s “election integrity policy.”
Ivy Choi, YouTube’s Policy Communications Manager, spoke with us The hill about the moves.
“We removed content from the CPAC channel for violating our election integrity policy,” she said. “Our policies apply to everyone, regardless of the uploader’s political views, and while we allow content that provides additional context, e.g. B. Conflicting views, we have removed footage that does not provide sufficient context from this channel.”
Judging by the number of videos removed from the Conservative Conference page, it appears that context has been severely lacking; Almost half of the videos from the four-day event were removed. Among those videos was a speech by Mr Trump.
Congressman Andy Biggs claimed in a Twitter post that the conference was only told that their videos had been flagged as “misinformation” and that no further details were given.
“We have appealed and recently learned that all of our appeals have been ‘rejected,'” he wrote.
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union — which hosts CPAC each year — said The Washington Examiner He only realized the extent of the removed videos after noticing that Mr Trump’s speech was missing.
He went on to say he would “support whatever policies would be most destructive to their companies,” although he said he believes in free markets and small government.
Another alleged free market advocate, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, also complained that her speech had been removed and that YouTube had acted out of line in monitoring content posted on the platform.
“Youtube censorship is COMPLETELY out of control,” she said. “Two whole days of CPAC were just ripped off the website – including my speech.”
YouTube is a private company and is free to impose any limits on content as long as the application of its policies is not discriminatory.
The company’s policies prohibit “misleading or deceptive content that poses a serious risk of egregious harm,” including “certain types of misinformation that can cause real harm, such as certain types of technically manipulated content and content that disrupts democratic processes.”
Per the Election Integrity section of the Community Guidelines, “Content that makes false claims that widespread fraud, error, or glitch has altered the outcome of select past national elections after the final election results have been officially confirmed” may be removed.
The company says it “may allow content that violates the Election Integrity Policy posted on this page if the content includes additional context in the video, audio, title, or description,” but it appears the CPAC speeches violate YouTube’s standards for exceptions not fulfilled.