The ability of insurgent media companies to gain followers and generate income via social media platforms took another hit this week. The Epoch Times, a Washington-based newspaper offering counter-narratives to Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post, has found itself demonetized by YouTube. The change means they can no longer make money from videos they post on the world’s largest video platform.

“YouTube demonetized The Epoch Times and related accounts last week,” confirmed Epoch Times publisher Stephen Gregory. “This is the latest example of big tech suppression of free speech, a step on the road to communist-style censorship.”

A YouTube spokesperson asserted that the tech giant had demonetized the publication’s channel due to issues related to harmful or sensitive content. The spokesman cited unspecific violations related to YouTube “Community Guidelines.”

Some states have begun doing more than talk about regulating what many see as patently biased tech companies skirting laws to wield undue influence on policymakers and American politics in general.

In mid-January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued civil investigative demands to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Web Services, and Apple. Paxton is seeking info on company policies and practices regarding content moderation that appears, among other things, to undercut competitors and manipulate and control discourse and public opinion and policymaking. Paxton initiated the actions of Texas following the coordinated tech takedown of Parler, a social media competitor to Twitter.

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  1. Rick 1 year ago

    It’s like any animal on the African plains, “Dog Eat Dog”. Every one comes together at dinner time, then one night, you are dinner.

  2. lvblasiotti 1 year ago

    “There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. … If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

    ………….A quote attributed to John Swinton, former Chief of Staff of the New York Times from c.1880.

  3. lvblasiotti 1 year ago

    “There is essentially no truly independent mass media in the United States at present. The corporate media is in the business of power and control over you, not truth to hold power to account. They achieve this by defining —in an Orwellian sense —what the very nature of truth is. To them, “truth” is what ever authority tells you it is. Anyone who rejects their authority to define reality—and asserts their sovereign right to think for themselves —is ridiculed and ostracized.”
    ………..Martin Geddes, British author of “Open Your Mind To Change (A Guidebook to the Great Awakening)”

  4. harlow53 1 year ago

    The Epoch Times is classified as an alternative media forum and as such is subject to censorship by Big Tech, political parties, military, so-called academic institutions and billionaires who now own main stream media and cooperate with the world’s media giants to drive the propaganda forums in controlling what populations think, say, and believe.

    The recent de-platformimg of Lou Dobbs as a syndicated economic thinker on FOX News shows the power of the US Political Class to take away the Constitutional Rights and Freedoms of the individual to oppose the thought control and basic right to resist government control and subversion of the vote and 1st Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech. We are seeing a proverbial “Shot Across The Bow” to test the waters of gutting the political opposition to progressive, socialistic, and communist propaganda spewed by the current political administrations in Washington and the mainstream media!!

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