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Screen-Shot-2018-03-28-at-2.07.11-PM Google wins lawsuit alleging Youtube censors videos with conservative views
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  Dennis Prager's media group loses in district court in claims of Youtube lowering visibility of conservative content
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  <span style="font-weight: 400;">A U.S. District Judge </span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-youtube-censorship/google-defeats-lawsuit-claiming-youtube-censors-conservatives-idUSKBN1H320D"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ruled in favor of Google</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in a lawsuit alleged that the tech giant censored conservative content uploaded to its under company Youtube. </span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">PragerU, a nonprofit media group, failed to prove that Google unlawfully censored or unlawfully infringed on freedom of speech, according to U.S. District Judge Judy Koh. </span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">The</span><a href="http://www.bgrfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PRAGER_U-_v_GOOGLE-YOUTUBE_complaint_10-23-2017_FILED.pdf"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> lawsuit was filed last year</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> after conservative author Dennis Prager found over 40 of his organization’s videos listed as “restricted” or “demonetized.” Restricted content comes with age restrictions, while demonetized content is blocked from getting advertisements. </span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">The videos in question portray issues such as </span><a href="https://www.prageru.com/videos/most-important-question-about-abortion"><span style="font-weight: 400;">abortion</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvWH-Y8eeY"><span style="font-weight: 400;">U.S. foreign policy</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><a href="https://www.prageru.com/videos/whats-holding-arab-world-back"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Islam</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> through what the lawsuit describes as a “conservative point of view.”</span>
Screenshot of a restricted or demonetized Youtube video uploaded by PragerU [contribute-c2a text="You can edit or expand this story" buttons="edit"]
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">As a private company, Google is not bound to the same constitutional obligations to facilitate a “public forum,” ruled Koh. PragerU argued that Youtube’s ubiquity has made it defacto public forum. </span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Reuters reports that a </span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-youtube-censorship/google-defeats-lawsuit-claiming-youtube-censors-conservatives-idUSKBN1H320D"><span style="font-weight: 400;">spokesperson from Youtube said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“PragerU’s videos weren’t excluded from Restricted Mode because of politics or ideology.” </span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-youtube-censorship/google-defeats-lawsuit-claiming-youtube-censors-conservatives-idUSKBN1H320D"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Parent company Google has stated </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">that these decisions are made to promote a space that is “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“safe and enjoyable for all users.”</span>
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