Well, that didn’t take long. YouTube, which suspended Right Wing Watch’s channel early on Monday, has already caved in to pressure from the left. The leftist group’s channel has been restored and all is well in the world of whiny Marxists.
Conservative Twitter exploded in schadenfreude upon learning that the organization’s channel was suspended for violating YouTube’s terms of service, pointing out how the group received the same treatment it attempted to inflict on others. RedState’s Bonchie observed:
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.
However, after NBC News, the Daily Beast, and a horde of social media crybullies raised a fuss, YouTube decided to reverse course only hours later.
JUST IN: YouTube has re-instated Right Wing Watch, a channel known for doxxing and encouraging censorship of conservatives, after multiple complaints from left-wing journalists
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 28, 2021
Right Wing Watch is a project created by a left-wing nonprofit organization known as People For the American Way. According to its website, it is “dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities and rhetoric of right-wing activists and organizations in order to expose their extreme agenda.”
Kyle Mantyla, a senior fellow at Right Wing Watch, told the Business Insider that the organization immediately appealed the ban after it happened. YouTube rejected the appeal. However, YouTube just reinstated the channel. “Right Wing Watch’s YouTube channel was mistakenly suspended, but upon further review, has now been reinstated,” a YouTube spokesperson explained to Business Insider.
“Starting late last year when YouTube and all the other social-media platforms started clamping down on COVID misinformation and election fraud claims, a lot of our videos kept getting flagged for violating those even though we were trying to expose the people who are spreading disinformation,” Mantyla said.
The activist stated that the organization uploaded video clips from “religious figures and other right-wing activists so they could embed the clips on their blog to debunk them or add commentary,” according to Insider.
The group ceased posting content on YouTube in April after receiving two strikes from YouTube for violating the community guidelines related to “misinformation” related to the 2020 election because it was worried about receiving a third strike.
By now, I’m sure you’re thoroughly shocked and chagrined that a company like YouTube would reverse its decision so quickly. After all, isn’t it rare for companies like these, who are most certainly not run by rabid leftists, to prostrate themselves before the authoritarian left like feckless cowards?
In the end, this story is yet another example of how social media companies engage in biased censorship practices. You can imagine how this situation would have gone down if a right-leaning organization uploaded videos demonstrating fringe elements of the far left and pretended it represented most leftists, can you? Such a channel would likely not have lasted this long – especially if it became popular. But what else can we expect from these companies other than flaming hypocrisy?