Former President Donald Trump is being systematically silenced by Big Tech. The latest de-platforming should worry conservatives.
In yet another tragic casualty of the ongoing war against Trump, Youtube has suspended Right Side Broadcasting Network for two weeks for carrying Trump’s speech from the Conservative Political Action Conference, Breitbart reported. The platform, owned by Google, cited Trump’s arguments about alleged election fraud as the impetus.
Trump had brought down the house with a rousing speech at CPAC in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 28. According to RSBN, the video had nearly 4 million viewers on its channel on the platform before it was removed.
NEW: RSBN has been suspended from YouTube for two weeks because of the Trump #CPAC2021 speech, which violated their guidelines on election misinformation.
The video was approaching 4 million views. They have also removed it from their platform.
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) March 4, 2021
“It’s worth noting that according to YouTube’s terms, our video of Trump’s CPAC speech would have been allowed to stay up had we provided ‘countervailing viewpoints,'” RSBN said in a statement about the suspension. “Essentially we would have had to go on air and say everything Trump just said about election fraud is not true.”
The network promised not to “censor President Trump or push back against things he says that, quite frankly, we agree with.” As for YouTube, the platform admitted to Breitbart the suspension was indeed due to what Trump had to say about the election.
“We enforce our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker or political leaning,” a YouTube spokeswoman told the news outlet. “In accordance with our established presidential election integrity policy, which prohibits content uploaded after the safe-harbor deadline claiming widespread fraud changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, we removed this video from Right Side Broadcasting Network.”
It seems what they find problematic is that during his speech, Trump touched on the election outcome and voter irregularities before explicitly calling the results of the 2020 presidential election into question. “This election was rigged, and the Supreme Court and other courts didn’t want to do anything about it,” he lamented about an hour into his speech. The crowd erupted into chants of “You won! You won!” to which Trump replied, “We did.”
So far, Trump has been taken off of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and had his own YouTube channel suspended. They blame threats of violence, but it’s apparent they just don’t want the public to hear him speak freely. Perhaps they know that he is too courageous and too much of an outsider — and they can’t risk exposure for whatever it is they’re doing.