Believe it or not, there are people out there who believe that the Earth is flat even though it has been proven that the Earth is a sphere. But now, if you make a video on YouTube saying that the Earth is flat, your video won’t be recommended.
For years now, videos about Flat Earth theory, as well as videos about 9/11 and Sandy Hook being inside jobs, have popped up in people’s recommendations.
While this change will affect less than 1% of YouTube’s videos, that 1% is over a million videos on the platform.
Lawmakers have been increasingly worried about the spread of false propaganda that can be harmful to those who have lost loved ones in tragedies like 9/11.
You may be asking how can YouTube and its parent company, Google, do this in the United States? Well, it comes down to Google being a private company.
The 1st Amendment of the US Constitution grants us the right to freedom of speech so why are some people like Alex Jones getting censored?
It comes down to Google being a private company, which means they are allowed to control what content is released on their sites. Which means that you will have to dig deep if you want to hear about the Flat Earth theory or the US Government is Killing People for Fun theory.
While YouTube has done the steps to remove these videos from the suggestion lists, they are not removing the videos from the platform.
Twitter and Facebook are currently trying to phase out the videos from their suggestion lists on their sites as well.