May 7, 2019
Did you ever think censorship would become this much of an issue in America? Did it ever even enter into your mind a couple of years ago?
Yet here we are in 2019. This quote is from Jack Posobiec's Periscope video after the @AOCPress parody account, run by a personal friend of his, was permanently suspended from Twitter May 6. It's happening to Conservatives in numbers it's hard to believe. The censorship is real and it could be coming for you next.
I'm a Conservative YouTube content creator and it's been hitting me hard lately. My channel took off with my 24th video on August 24, 2018 and zoomed from 100 subscribers to more than 25,000 in less than a month. I was surprised and quite humbled by the growth. Although there were ebbs and flows, which is normal for any channel (some videos take off better than others), I had a fairly steady growth--until March 17, 2019.
Suddenly, eight or nine out of ten of the videos I uploaded were deemed "unsuitable for most advertisers" from the moment they uploaded. While this certainly hit me in the wallet, there's more to it than that. From my observations of how many views I got on a video before (demonetized) and after YouTube did a manual review and monetized it, I noticed there was a significant change in how many non-subscriber views I got during those two periods of time.
In fact, I captured one episode on video using the realtime view feature in my creator studio. There was a significant difference between the before and after view count. This (and the replication of this with other videos) led me to conclude the algorithm YouTube uses to choose which videos to put in the suggested/recommended videos relied heavily on the monetization factor.
Certainly a part of me is concerned about the financial aspects of it (after all, I'm disabled and there are few jobs you can do where you can work for an hour or two and then lay down and rest for a couple of hours), the point of my YouTube channel is to provide information that people won't find in most news reports. But how can I provide this information if very few people see my videos?
If it were just me experiencing this phenomenon, I'd mark it up to a fluke. But it's not just me. Conservatives are being permanently suspended from Twitter in record numbers (I myself was shadowbanned for a long time), YouTube accounts that dare to mention Q are completely demonetized and some have been deleted, and Facebook has just done another Conservative purge.
So, what's the solution? Maybe it's time for us to restart our petitions for an Internet Bill of Rights and this time do it in earnest. We have to stop this bias in social media before the 2020 election in order to stop the election meddling these media giants did in the 2018 and 2016 election.