Why are some conspiracy theories considered to be so dangerous that we’re not even allowed to hear them?
I received another YouTube commenting ban a couple of days ago – this time after trying to post a comment about public libraries.
But a much bigger censorship event occurred earlier this week, when the BBC contacted YouTube to ask why they were screening an interview with the noted conspiracy theorist David Icke. The interview, hosted by a channel called London Real, was immediately deleted.
Was the interview calling for violence, or revolution? No. It didn’t even include hate speech. But it discussed ideas that are considered too dangerous to broadcast.
My podcast discusses this further, and you can read a transcript here.
For reference, the comments that I was unable to post on YouTube and which got me temporarily banned from commenting, were these:
I’m in the UK and I was alerted to this bill a week before it went to Parliament. I wrote a very measured email to my Member of Parliament objecting to the fact that it was for two years, the fact that it was expanding the Investigatory Powers Bill, and the fact that it seemed to be paving the way to make vaccines mandatory, and some other things. My MP did not even bother to reply. That is the state of “democracy” in the UK. In any case, about four days after I emailed my MP, a campaigning group called Big Brother Watch asked people to write to their MPs about this, and the upshot was that the bill would be reviewed after six months. So we’re not all asleep in the UK – we’re just being ignored by many of the politicians who are meant to be our representatives in Parliament.
Thanks for the shoutout Cathy, and for the one on Chapter 12 too! I’m enjoying this so much. I’m a little bit behind because my phone and internet connection were cut off suddenly, due to a mix-up – I’m back online now.
I love libraries and I often visit my local one to borrow books and maps for my walks, or to do colour printouts. Our library also has a knit and natter group, and they natter very loudly! It’s hilarious and a joy to hear. Homeless people come in too. Libraries are so important for the community.
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