A video by a non-profit that cites data and reports to show that police are not racist has been restricted by YouTube (video below.)
YouTube is now being sued for blocking the video.
The nonprofit PragerU filed a discrimination lawsuit Oct. 23 against YouTube and its parent company Google for placing dozens of its educational videos on “restricted mode,” The College Fix reported.
PragerU accused the video-sharing company of purposely blocking the message because it is conservative and abusing the “restricted” tool that is meant to shield young people from sexual or graphic content.
The police video is one of about 36 PragerU videos that YouTube has blocked. The videos have not been taken down but are restricted.
The College Fix stated it has an email from a YouTube/Google media affairs employee who told PragerU the videos are restricted becaue they “aren’t appropriate for younger audiences.”
The police video had 1.67 million YouTube views since it was published Aug. 22, 2016.
The PragerU video is 5:35 long and makes its case citing studies and statistics that police are not racist. The other videos include topics on Christianity, Muslims, gun rights, and abortion.
“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 founder Dennis Prager said in a press release, according to The College Fix.
According to YouTube, restricted mode is an optional setting that has been available since 2010. YouTube states that it is used by a small subset of users, such as libraries, schools, and public institutions. Restricted Mode is turned off for viewers by default.