On the left, a cottage industry of organizations and news divisions that exist to try to de-platform conservatives has taken shape over the last several years. The insidious industry mines conservative media looking for ways to try to get them canceled, either via direct attack or by pressuring advertisers. Their most high-profile target on the right has obviously Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, but few have been immune from their gaze, including this site at times.
Yet, in what will likely be the most satisfying story of the day, Right Wing Watch, one of the left-wing outfits that have propagated de-platforming, got a valuable lesson in sowing and reaping.
Our efforts to expose the bigoted view and dangerous conspiracy theories spread by right-wing activists has now resulted in @YouTube banning our channel and removing thousands of our videos. We attempted to appeal this decision, and YouTube rejected it. pic.twitter.com/74Rfi31uQe
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 28, 2021
What’s so ironic about this is that the channel was likely brought down because Right Wing Watch would post clips of conservatives saying things in an effort to get those conservatives de-platformed. Yet, because of the prior efforts of Right Wing Watch to mainstream de-platforming at social media sites (including YouTube), they were literally taken down by the very rules they promoted.
Yeah, that’s some funny stuff.
"Deplatforming works" — oh schadenfreude, you capricious sprite! pic.twitter.com/dpaFFx71NW
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 28, 2021
Right Wing Watch right now… pic.twitter.com/A7Yx1w4RYY
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) June 28, 2021
But I have good news for Right Wing Watch. Now that they’ve been kicked off of YouTube, they can simply go start their own multi-billion dollar video platform, right? I mean, that’s what the left has continually told conservatives who complain about censorship online.
As they say, the new rules are in effect.