Who decides what constitutes “hate speech” and what doesn’t?

That is the all-important question that Leftists who call for “hate speech” to be restricted in various ways consistently ignore.

The grim reality is that those in power can label any opinion they dislike as “hate speech,” and proscribe it accordingly.

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That is the pathway to an unbridled tyranny.

That’s why the freedom of speech is absolutely essential for a free society.

But YouTube and its cohorts are rushing to destroy it by means of Orwellian initiatives of this kind.

“YouTube is investing $5 million in creators who ‘counter hate and promote tolerance,’” by Lizzie Plaugic, The Verge, January 24, 2018 (thanks to David):

YouTube announced today that it plans to invest $5 million in its Creators for Change program, in an effort to help members “counter hate and promote tolerance.” Creators for Change, which launched in 2016, is a collective of 39 YouTubers who use the platform to discuss and promote important issues around the world.

The members of Creators for Change work on “impact projects” to raise awareness about things like police brutality, bullying, xenophobia, and racism. The $5 million investment will come in the form of “production and marketing support,” including several production grants, according to YouTube. The company also says it hopes to bring more creators into Creators for Change in 2018.

The fund is a small amount for a company that has an estimated value of $75 billion, but it’s an indication that YouTube wants to put more effort into ensuring its creators use their platforms for good. As Polygon points out, the investment comes just a few months after some members of Creators for Change said it was “disheartening” to see YouTube’s more controversial streamers earning huge amounts of money and views.

“It’s our duty to not promote just the negative, but the positive,” YouTuber Sam Saffold told Polygon in September. “There are so many positive YouTubers who don’t get the attention they deserve.”

YouTube has also been criticized for videos that include hate speech and terrorist propaganda. This summer, the European Union approved a set of proposals that would make companies like YouTube responsible for blocking the hate speech published on their platforms….

Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer

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