The privatized gulag added a new occupant on September 28, 2021 after the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s YouTube channel was initially banned by Google.
On his Twitter account, Former Congressman Ron Paul tweeted, “Very shocked that @YouTube has completely removed the Channel of my Ron Paul Institute: no warning, no strikes, no evidence. Only explanation was “severe or repeated violations of our community guidelines.” Channel is rarely used. The appeal was automatically rejected. Help?”
Curiously, Google later brought back the Institute’s account, claiming that a “mistake” caused the ban. Generally speaking, YouTube uses a three-strike system before getting rid of a channel, usually within a 90-day timeframe. The former congressman claims that YouTube gave no warning and did not bother to issue strikes before banning the RPI account.
Naturally, various groups and individuals were enraged by the decision. This amount of outrage likely forced YouTube to rescind its permanent ban on Paul’s channel. Representatives from the video sharing platform asserted that the move was an accident.
“Heard back from our team that this was a mistake and your channel has been reinstated,” a Twitter Youtube account responded to Paul. “Thanks for being patient while we sorted this out – we’ll be reaching out via email shortly in case you have any questions.”
Paul responded and thanked YouTube for the reinstatement of the YouTube channel. The former congressman from Texas has faced previous incidents of censorship. Earlier in 2021, Paul’s other channel, the Ron Paul Liberty Report, was censored by YouTube for allegedly spreading “medical misinformation.”
Similarly, YouTube recently took down a video from the Ron Paul Liberty Report where vaccine skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. was interviewed. This was part of YouTube’s ramped up campaign to police content that allegedly spread Wuhan virus “misinformation.”
Very unhappy to learn that @YouTube has also removed our Liberty Report episode with special guest @RobertKennedyJr – it was one of our most popular episodes. Fortunately you can still find it on free speech sites: https://t.co/nu1PxutAqb pic.twitter.com/LV9h0szrHp
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) September 30, 2021
Day after day, Big Tech demonstrates that it functions as a privatized arm of the current managerial regime. Thankfully, there are free market alternatives like Bitchute, Odyssey, Rumble, and Locals for content creators to stay afloat.
However, there needs to be an Internet Bill of Rights that protects online political speech from both corporate and state censorship. The status quo is unsustainable and serves only to eliminate right-wing discourse.