UPDATE 4:21pm EST: The Channel was restored moments after this story was released.
Nobody is 100% sure why, but Stefan Molyneux’s YouTube Channel has been disabled by YouTube. I’ll update this article as more information becomes available. Since Stefan is not in the habit of violating copyright law, we can safely assume this is the work of either government agents, or the politically correct thought police of the internet, who have been the bane of my existence for the last 8 months.
The ban comes shortly after Mark Dice was also banned from YouTube, and reinstated shortly after that. So hopefully Stefan will be back online within a day or two.
I’m presently on yet another 30 day ban from Facebook myself. This thing with the flagging of posts has to stop folks, or the social networks are going to have to do a better job of weeding out the politically motivated flags. This censorship gets worse and worse by the day.
Social media post reporters should be ostracized from libertarian communities. How many people is this going to have to happen to before we decide this behavior is unacceptable?
Like I said when Mark Dice got banned,
This is a serious problem, ladies and gentlemen. Libertarians will correctly point out that YouTube has the right to do as it sees fit with content, but that doesn’t change the severity of the problem. I have repeatedly posted about myself and others being banned from Facebook for no good reason. I have had videos deleted by YouTube for trolling the NSA. Google has openly admitted to manipulating search results.
We know that these companies are in bed with the US Federal Government. We know that the US Federal Government has actively sought out ways to manipulate public opinion on these outlets. Since Mark doesn’t use profanity, or promote violence, or hate speech, this can only mean that YouTube deleted the channel for one of three reasons.
- Private sector anti-freedom trolls making false reports
- Government social media trolls making false reports
- Direct government intervention, propaganda agents demanding YouTube remove the content.
In any of these cases, or whatever other theory you may have, it is a major blow to peaceful efforts to spread a message. Everyone talks about how the Internet and social media have changed the balance of power, how anybody can now become a citizen journalist and get a message out there. This is slowly starting to change as corporations that are way too cozy with government commit completely unexplained acts of censorship against said journalists. Getting Mark Dice banned from YouTube is just the latest in a long series of issues like this, and as time goes forward, matters are likely to only get worse.
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) April 28, 2014
Comments from the reddit thread about the issue include;
Maybe hackers accessed his account and then deleted it to cover their tracks. If so, it probably wasn’t a targetted hack, just random. This does happen now and again, see Wired article: My entire digital life destroyed
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