Prager University reports:
Prager University (PragerU) has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to stop Google and YouTube from unlawfully censoring its educational videos and discriminating against its right to freedom of speech.
The lawsuit cites more than 50 PragerU videos which have either been “restricted” or “demonetized” by Google/YouTube. The PragerU videos range on various subjects presenting a conservative point of view, and include a video by noted Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz on the founding of Israel. PragerU previously compiled a complete list of their restricted videos here, which includes: “Why America Must Lead,” “The Ten Commandments: Do Not Murder,” “Why Did America Fight the Korean War,” and “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians.”
In correspondence cited in the filing, Google/YouTube made it clear that the censorship of certain videos was because they were deemed “inappropriate” for younger audiences.
“Watch any one of our videos and you’ll immediately realize that Google/YouTube censorship is entirely ideologically driven. For the record, our videos are presented by some of the finest minds in the Western world, including four Pulitzer Prize winners, former prime ministers, and professors from the most prestigious universities in America,” stated PragerU founder Dennis Prager.
Prager added, “They are engaging in an arbitrary and capricious use of their ‘restricted mode’ and ‘demonetization’ to restrict non-left political thought. Their censorship is profoundly damaging because Google and YouTube own and control the largest forum for public participation in video-based speech in not only California, but the United States, and the world.”
The total number of people who currently use YouTube exceeds 1.3 billion people. Google and YouTube advertise YouTube to the public as a forum intended to defend and protect free speech where members of the general public may express and exchange their ideas. They have represented that their platforms and services are intended to effectuate the exercise of free speech among the public. According to Google and YouTube: “voices matter.” YouTube states that it is “committed to fostering a community where everyone’s voice can be heard.”
“However,” said Eric George of Browne George Ross, the firm representing PragerU, “Google and YouTube use restricted mode filtering not to protect younger or sensitive viewers from ‘inappropriate’ video content, but as a political gag mechanism to silence PragerU. Google and YouTube do this not because they have identified video content that violates their guidelines or is otherwise inappropriate for younger viewers, but because PragerU is a conservative nonprofit organization that is associated with and espouses the views of leading conservative speakers and scholars.”
“This is not a left/right issue. It is a free speech issue, which is why prominent liberals, such as Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, are supporting our lawsuit,” Prager concluded.
The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California is available here.
Dr. Robert Epstein: 15 Million Votes Can Be Unknowingly Shifted if Big Tech Supports Same 2020 Candidate
If big tech companies all support the same presidential candidate in the 2020 election, they can shift 15 million votes without leaving any evidence they have done so, according to psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein.
In his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 16, the professor and open Hillary Clinton supporter warned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz about big tech companies’ “invisible” and “subliminal” power to meddle in elections.
Cruz began his questioning by asking Epstein about the testimony the senior research psychologist had submitted to the committee: “Google is, through biased search results, manipulating voters in a way they are not aware of?”
“On a massive scale,” Epstein replied. “What I’m saying is that I believe in democracy, I believe in a free and fair election more than I have any kind of allegiance to a candidate or a party.”
“In 2020 — if all these companies are supporting the same candidate — there are 15 million votes on the line that can be shifted without people’s knowledge, and without leaving a paper trail for authorities to trace,” he continued.
Epstein then explained how the “Go Vote” reminder — which is not a political advertisement — that he used as an example in his testimony could be considered manipulation.
“If on election day in 2016, if Mark Zuckerberg, for example, had chosen to send out a ‘Go Vote’ reminder, say, just to Democrats — and no one would have known if he had done this — that would have given that day an additional, at least 450,000 votes to Democrats,” he said.
Epstein said the numbers are proven by a secret experiment Facebook conducted during the 2010 election that they published in 2012.
The company sent out a “Go Vote” reminder to 6 million voters “and they got something like 360,000 more people to get off their sofas and go vote who otherwise would have stayed home.”
“The point is, I don’t think that Mr. Zuckerberg sent out that reminder in 2016, I think he was overconfident, I think Google was overconfident, all these companies were,” Epstein said. “In 2018, I’m sure they were more aggressive, we have lots of data to support that.”
“And in 2020, you can bet that all of these companies are going to go all out. And the methods that they’re using are invisible, they’re subliminal, they’re more powerful than most any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioral sciences, and I’ve been in the behavioral sciences for almost 40 years.”
The professor added that Zuckerberg could do this and it wouldn’t “cost him a dime.”