YouTube deletes another video covering Pinterest’s censorship of Live Action
June 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – YouTube has deleted a second video report covering the social media platform Pinterest’s banning of Live Action under false pretenses, as well as flagged a third video for interviewing the journalist and whistleblower who broke the story.
Last week, the conservative investigative group Project Veritas revealed that Pinterest had added “http://LiveAction.org” to a filter meant to keep pornographic links from appearing on the platform. Days later, Pinterest banned Live Action outright, claiming the pro-life group violated its Community Guidelines by publishing “medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals and facilities into targets for harassment or violence.”
YouTube subsequently deleted Project Veritas’ video report on the scandal, claiming it had committed a privacy violation by identifying the Pinterest engineer who added Live Action to the block list.
On Friday, journalist Tim Pool revealed that YouTube had also deleted his own video on the story, without explanation or opportunity to appeal:
This is the video in question.— Tim Pool (@Timcast) June 14, 2019
There is no notification on my youtube channelhttps://t.co/7ulfHKLFYd
The video, which can be viewed here, is critical of Pinterest and discusses screenshots of internal Pinterest documents and communications.
Pool addressed the takedown in a follow-up video over the weekend. “The only thing I can think of as to who claimed this is either Pinterest as a corporation, or one of the employees of Pinterest who was named in the article,” he said. "However, I was reading from a public website. Nothing here was me exposing any new information.” Pool added that he eventually found an “obscure” email under the social tab notifying him of the deletion, but no notification of any kind to his YouTube channel.
“Let me stress how nightmarish and dystopian this is,” Pool said. “James O’Keefe, I don’t care if you like him, I don’t care if you disagree, he produced investigative journalism. A whistleblower came forward and provided evidence that Pinterest was censoring pro-life individuals. Whether or not you agree with any of that doesn’t matter; the fact is, it’s a common practice."
“How long ago was it that The Daily Beast published the name of a man because he shared a meme of Nancy Pelosi, reportedly with the help of Facebook?” he asked. “How is that not a privacy violation?”
YouTube also notified conservative pundit Steven Crowder that it received a privacy complaint about his latest episode covering the story, in which he interviewed Project Veritas head James O’Keefe and Pinterest whistleblower Eric Cochran. Crowder’s video has not yet been deleted, but the Google-owned video giant recently demonetized Crowder’s channel in response to complaints by the left-wing website Vox.
Last week, Cochran told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that he sees the story as a “watershed moment” in the battle over social media censorship, which shows that YouTube and Pinterest are “gonna do whatever it takes. They are 100% in to protect the abortion lobby.”