PragerU Sues Google and YouTube over Censorship

Danika Delello | Contributor to | Thursday, October 26, 2017

PragerU Sues Google and YouTube over Censorship

The conservative educational website PragerU filed a lawsuit against Google and YouTube this Monday for unjustly restricting their online video content.

According to news website The Hill, YouTube has placed at least 50 of PragerU’s videos under restricted settings, which limits the contents accessibility to younger viewers and prevents the website from making money through advertising.

Google/YouTube argues that they have restricted the videos because the content is “inappropriate” for younger audiences, however, PragerU denied the claim in their press release online.  

Eric George of Brown George Ross, the firm representing PragerU, says, “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.” 

The list of restricted videos includes controversy-sparking titles such as “The most important question about abortion,” “Where are the moderate Muslims?” “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians,” and “Is Islam a religion of peace?”

Also censored is a video by Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz on the founding of Israel.

Marissa Streit, chief executive officer of PragerU, has been in a year-long battle with Google, attempting to convince them to stop their censorship. She insists that the company’s content perfectly abides by YouTube’s Terms of Use and Community Guidelines.

Founder of the company, Dennis Prager, said, “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,”  

PragerU’s “Vision,” as described on their website, is to educate Americans about the values that make their country great, and to help them explain those ideas to others.

The company does not hesitate to proclaim, “These values are Judeo-Christian at their core and include the concepts of freedom of speech, a free press, free markets and a strong military to protect and project those values.”

Former California Governor Pete Wilson, a member of PragerU’s advisory legal council called the censorship “discrimination plain and simple.”

He added, “[the] censorship [is] based entirely on unspecified ideological objection to the message or on the perceived identity and political viewpoint of the speaker.”

Prager noted, “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.”

PragerU has launched a petition demanding that YouTube remove the restricted settings from the videos in question.

Streit declared her concern over the violation of First Amendment Rights. “Can you imagine what the world would look like if Google is allowed to continue to arbitrarily censor ideas they simply don’t agree with?”


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Publication date: October 26, 2017