(Natural News) In recent weeks independent and alternative media outlets and their content creators have been sounding the alarm over censorship actions undertaken by Left-leaning social media giants like Facebook, YouTube, Google, Twitter, and others.
In many instances, the social media sites weren't just censoring content, they were taking down entire channels and with them removing complete video and content libraries that often contained hundreds or thousands of programs — all under the guise of 'combating hate speech' and 'fake news.'
Targets of this censorship included Natural News Network founder/editor Mike Adams, whose Health Ranger channel on YouTube has been completely eradicated. Also included was Alex Jones, creator of InfoWars.com.
Their warnings were met with criticism, doubt, and derision in many media quarters, but as it turns out, they were not only right, they were just the tip of the censorship iceberg. As noted by investigative journalist Ben Swann via All News Pipeline, there is indeed a concerted effort by the Alt-Left social media giants to deep-six conservative, independent voices of liberty as part of an overall effort to silence their voices. (Related: Health Ranger announces Real.Video as "the answer to YouTube censorship" … bypass tyranny and censorship with p2p file sharing.)
"Is there an Internet purge of conservative voices or voices of dissension online?" Swann begins in a recent "Reality Check" report on the issue. "Some say yes, and the purge is being pushed by YouTube, owned by Google, by Facebook, and by Twitter."
Swann then went on to note that, in Jones' case, he set up an alternative YouTube channel after his original channel was shut down for the third time in one week by the site's regulators — only to have the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center demand that the new one be shut down as well.
The Reality Check host said YouTube did confirm that some advertisers asked not to be included on Jones' channel, but that "at present" there were no plans to pull it offline.
"Of course, all of this comes after YouTube announced in December that it would hire some 10,000 new moderators to flag content," Swann reported. "And those moderators have been flagging at a stunning rate."