Big Tech Oligarchs’ Best Tool for Censoring the Internet: The ADL
Big Tech Oligarchs’ Best Tool for Censoring the Internet: The ADL by Ahab for Russia-Insider
The so-called “Anti-Defamation League,” like every Jewish interest group, doesn’t practice what it preaches. In fact, the ADL under CEO Johnathan Greenblat is one of the main organizations working to slander its political enemies and to censor free speech online. Their cause? As usual, securing Jewish ethnic interests.
In August 2019, the oligarchs of Big Tech scored a major win against free speech in America with the banning of popular YouTube star James Allsup. At only 23 years old, the affable and telegenic Allsup had a following of nearly half a million subscribers. His videos had almost 100 million views on the platform, yet he was banned without so much as a warning.
The banning of Allsup by YouTube on August 28 was a direct outcome of what has been described as a “hit list” put out by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) less than two weeks earlier. Titled “Despite YouTube Policy Update, Anti-Semitic, White Supremacist Channels Remain,” this article was an open call to censorship, appealing to YouTube’s recent policy changes further restricting free speech. But this “hit list” was only a small part of a plan set in motion by the ADL years before.
YouTube Changes Agenda-Driven
The latest tightening of censorship from YouTube was announced in a June 5, 2019 post to the company’s official blog titled, “Our ongoing work to tackle hate.” In the name of “protecting the YouTube community” from “harmful content,” this blog post outlined the methods the company has been using in recent years to mold the perceptions of its viewers:
This work has focused on four pillars: removing violative content, raising up authoritative content, reducing the spread of borderline content and rewarding trusted creators. Thanks to these investments, videos that violate our policies are removed faster than ever and users are seeing less borderline content and harmful misinformation. As we do this, we’re partnering closely with lawmakers and civil society around the globe to limit the spread of violent extremist content online.
What is deemed “violative” and “borderline” content does not, of course, refer to content which violates U.S. federal or state law. YouTube is referring only to content which violates their own corporate policies. That means YouTube – which accounts for over 73% of the global market share in online video platforms and counts 2 billion monthly active users – is a private business entity setting speech and expression policy for billions of people on the planet.
As a corporation, YouTube is answerable to no group of voters, representative body or people’s assembly. Its corporate masters can implement any policy they choose based on their own backgrounds and prejudices. As a global monopoly, YouTube can abuse or ignore the human rights of their content creators and viewers, while being responsive only to shadowy interest groups like the ADL, operating behind the scenes.
Singling Out Ideology
The blog goes on to describe how YouTube made “more than 30 policy updates” in 2018 alone, dealing with “hate speech” based on consultation with unnamed “experts.” It then brags about the implementation of policies which were widely denounced as censorship, such as disabling recommendations, comments, and the ability to share videos. The YouTube censors boast: “This step dramatically reduced views to these videos (on average 80%)….”
Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place.
YouTube is now singling out one ideology by name as banned completely from the platform: National Socialism. No censorship of communism, despite the nearly 100 million souls killed by that ideology in the 20th century. No censorship of Muslim beliefs, despite the millions enslaved or killed in Islamic wars of conquest. And certainly no censoring videos promoting and glorifying liberal capitalist ideology, in spite of millions killed by atomic bombs, incendiaries, agent orange, napalm, or white phosphorus in the past century alone.
YouTube will also not be removing videos promoting or glorifying Zionism, even though Israel was founded by violent terrorist extremists alleging their superiority “to justify discrimination, segregation and exclusion” on racial and religious grounds.
What do these partisan, inconsistent policies tell us about the corporate masters of YouTube and their agenda? And how do NGOs like the ADL end up shaping and controlling political speech policies of the social media giants of the world?
A Web of Influences
Understanding the web of influences behind the online crackdown of counter-cultural and political dissident voices is not easy. Corporate shareholders, boards, company owners, executives, as well as the hidden donors to powerful NGOs, cannot be identified or held accountable as easily as public officials. Nevertheless, it is possible to tease out a remarkably consistent common agenda among all the forces behind the online war against free speech: they are 1) neoliberal, and they are 2) Jewish.