I spoke privately with over 100 of the biggest YouTubers over the last 48 hours & we are prepared to fight the media websites that host articles that attempt to get advertisers to stop running ads on YouTube.— KEEM ? (@KEEMSTAR) June 7, 2019
Our plan is simple convince advertisers to not run ads with you.
“MARTINSBURG, W.VA. — Caleb Cain pulled a Glock pistol from his waistband, took out the magazine and casually tossed both onto the kitchen counter.
“I bought it the day after I got death threats,” he said.
The threats, Mr. Cain explained, came from right-wing trolls in response to a video he had posted on YouTube a few days earlier. In the video, he told the story of how, as a liberal college dropout struggling to find his place in the world, he had gotten sucked into a vortex of far-right politics on YouTube.
“I fell down the alt-right rabbit hole,” he said in the video.
Mr. Cain, 26, recently swore off the alt-right nearly five years after discovering it, and has become a vocal critic of the movement. He is scarred by his experience of being radicalized by what he calls a “decentralized cult” of far-right YouTube personalities, who convinced him that Western civilization was under threat from Muslim immigrants and cultural Marxists, that innate I.Q. differences explained racial disparities, and that feminism was a dangerous ideology. …”
This is likely the big think piece by a mainstream “journalist” which was the Sword of Damocles hanging over Google that prompted the recent wave of YouTube censorship that has roiled the internet. What are these people reading in The New York Times though? Could the anti-White content of articles in The New York Times be more radicalizing than Stefan Molyneux videos?
The movement has not gone away since Charlottesville. It has been changing tactics and evolving into something new. Gone are the days of street clashes with Antifa in 2017. The social media censorship which has been rolled out as the solution to the 2.0 movement has been radicalizing the entire Populist Right against free-market capitalism which is at the core of the ongoing Sohrab Ahmari vs. David French debate. The censorship has impacted not only the Alt-Right, but the much wider sphere of populist leaning rightwingers who were somewhat sympathetic to the 2.0 movement.
“A few progressive YouTube channels flourished from 2012 to 2016. But they were dwarfed by creators on the right, who had developed an intuitive feel for the way YouTube’s platform worked and were better able to tap into an emerging wave of right-wing populism.
“I’m not sure the left understands the monumental ass-whupping being dished out to them on YouTube,” Mr. Watson, the conspiracy theorist, tweeted in 2017. …”
Obviously, if progressives were losing out to populists and nationalists on YouTube when both sides operated under the same rules with the same incentives, then something had to be done about that. So, the solution that progressives came up with was simply to declare their opposition “hate” and “exrremism” and have them all banned from YouTube by rigging the Terms of Service.
The goal of the 2.0 movement was to connect with that wider audience of lukewarm sympathizers, but it was unable to do so on its own merits because all it talked about was race, Jews and White identity which had limited appeal. Strangely enough, every populist leaning rightwinger from Tucker Carlson down to the bowels of 8chan has now been convinced by the censorship that Silicon Valley is engaged in a massive conspiracy with the mainstream media to rig the internet on behalf of progressives in order to tilt elections to the Democratic Party through corrupting public discourse by silencing one set of voices on the Right while privileging others on the Left. Now, everyone who was previously divided by a host of wedge issues can unite on the basis of self interest and around this new common ground.
What is the long term impact of the censorship going to be? It has already destabilized the Right by calling into question its traditional commitment to free-market capitalism and its agenda of tax cuts and deregulation. It is accelerating the demise of mainstream conservatism. There are too many populists in the Republican coalition and now every single one of them believes that social media has been rigged against them by the Left and wants the state to regulate Silicon Valley.
Who is behind this conspiracy to censor the internet? Virtually every populist influencer on the internet now believes in this conspiracy and eventually many of them will figure it out.