PragerU Sues Google and YouTube for Censoring Videos
Liberty Counsel distributed a press release this week stating Prager University (PragerU) has filed a federal lawsuit in California against Google and YouTube for censoring its educational videos. The suit charges that YouTube (which is owned by Google) “use their restricted mode filtering … as a political gag mechanism to silence PragerU.”
PragerU, founded by radio talk show host Dennis Prager, is a conservative nonprofit digital media organization that is associated with and presents the views of leading conservative experts on current and historical events. The organization produces short, concise, graphics-based videos that are viewed by millions of people, including a large viewership of young people. These are broadly based on Judeo-Christian values and conservative thought. Many of the videos regarding Israel have been censored, as well as those regarding discussions of the history of the Korean War, legal decisions by courts including landmark rulings of the United States Supreme Court, and trending current events such as foreign affairs, male-female differences, environmental issues and other topics discussed on university campuses.
YouTube has admitted that the PragerU videos have been censored by individual human review and not accidentally censored by an algorithm. While PragerU videos have been censored, the same subject matters posted by liberal groups have not been censored.
The intent of the lawsuit is “to stop Google/YouTube from unlawfully censoring its educational videos and discriminating against its right to freedom of speech solely because of PragerU’s political identity and viewpoint as a non-profit that espouses conservative views on current and historical events. Google/YouTube have been discriminating and censoring, and continue to discriminate and censor educational videos uploaded or posted to the YouTube platform through the arbitrary and capricious use of ‘restricted mode’ and ‘demonetization’ viewer restriction filters that purportedly are intended to prohibit or limit access of ‘inappropriate’ content to prospective public viewers based on certain viewer characteristics, including the age of the viewer.”
Read the Liberty Counsel’s full press release here.