During an appearance on TIDETV Hamburg’s YouTube channel, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki advocated governments to pass laws that would restrict free speech.
“I think governments can always — our recommendation if governments want to have more control of online speech is to pass laws to have that be very cleanly and clearly defined such that we can implement it.”
“We use our machines basically to go out and cast a new and identity what is content that could be problematic. And then we use the human reviewers to say, ‘Yes, it it is problematic, or no, it’s not.’”
Amazingly, she admitted that Youtube targets content creators that are not engaging in illegal activity but may have differing opinions from the establishment. She used Covid as an example.
“What has been the controversial part has been when there is content that would be deemed as harmful, but yet, is not illegal. An example of that, for example, would be Covid. I’m not aware of there being laws by government around Covid in terms of not being able to debate the efficacy of masks or where the virus came from or the right treatment or proposal,” she stated.
What Wojocicki is saying out loud is Youtube is not a platform for free speech. YouTube is just an echo chamber for the establishment, and content creators are in danger of being de-platformed at any moment. I stress the fact that Wojocicki is not looking to follow the law; just debating covid mandates is enough to have your content removed.
“I do think that’s a dangerous area when we start to get in and say, ‘Oh sure you could say something like this in a magazine or on TV, but you can’t say it on the internet,” Wojocicki stated.
In my opinion, Wojocicki is helping the establishment set up a new version of the internet in which speech will be heavily restricted—using words like harmful misinformation as a way to justify censorship. With Youtube being the most popular video platform, its censorship will help the establishment get closer to reaching its goal of complete speech suppression.