The tech censorship continues, this time on TikTok, which has labelled a popular, pro-Rittenhouse video “hate speech” and banned it.
As Fox News reports, YAL, a youth-oriented libertarian organization, posted a pro-Rittenhouse statement to the platform after Mr. Rittenhouse was acquitted and leftists at ASU began protesting his enrollment there, only to see it banned by the platform and labelled as “hate speech”:
The Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) group, a youth libertarian organization, said its recent video in support of Kyle Rittenhouse was censored by TikTok.
On December 1, the group posted a video responding to the news that Arizona State University students were protesting Rittenhouse attending their school. The protesting students referred to Rittenhouse – acquitted last month on homicide charges after he said he acted in self-defense during unrest in Kenosha, Wis. – as a “murderer” who posed a threat to the student body.
[…]In an exclusive statement to Fox News, YAL said the video was flagged one day later on Dec. 2 with a “hate speech” violation. After attempting to submit an appeal for the violation, the video was deleted altogether twenty minutes later.
The video, far from being “hate speech” is an almost entirely non-controversial take on the acquitted young man. Watch it for yourself here:
As you can see, all the video says is this:
“After Kyle Rittenhouse revealed that he had enrolled as an online student at ASU [Arizona State University], the collegiate woke mob was unleashed. A coalition of student groups has started a campaign to demand that Kyle Rittenhouse be expelled from ASU, citing that he is a violent racist murderer and poses a threat to the whole student body.”
First of all, he was acquitted. And second of all, he was enrolled as an online student. Therefore, he will never interact with any of these social justice warriors. Therefore, they are trying to deny this young man a college education simply because they disagree with his beliefs and his actions. That is a dangerous precedent to set.”
As Jonathan Turley reports, the banning is a slippery slope, as it means the tech titans not only believe they know better than a judge and jury, but are also willing to take action against those who express “wrongthink,” even if such “wrongthink” is based on support of one’s rights and is backed up by the outcome of a case:
If this account is accurate (and TikTok has not denied it), the company is now censoring statements of support for an individual acquitted by an American jury. It is the latest example of the slippery slope of censorship on social media.
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