Varro Vooglaid, board chairman of the conservative nonprofit Foundation for the Protection of the Family and Tradition (SAPTK), has accused Youtube of worldview discrimination following the platform's decision to banish a clip featuring a weekly commentary on current affairs by fellow activist Markus Jarvi as hate speech.
Youtube on Dec. 4 notified the editorial office of the Objektiiv video channel and website associated with SAPTK that a weekly commentary by Objektiiv's chief editor Markus Jarvi on the topic of deep state is not consistent with Youtube's hate speech policy and the channel removed the clip as one instigating hatred against individuals or groups.
Vooglaid described the actions of Youtube as absolutely arbitrary and bearing testimony to the imposition of leftist ideological dictatorship on social media.
"There is nothing in said video clip that could even remotely be interpreted as hate speech. It constitutes the expression of a political opinion in a polite form. Therefore we hope that you acknowledge your mistake and revoke the decision on the removal of the clip," the editorial office of Objektiiv said in its challenge, which was dismissed by Youtube.
Objektiiv says that Youtube has removed content submitted by it also earlier. At the beginning of this year the video sharing platform censored a comment by Jarvi about state funding for gay organizations. In summer, the platform removed the previously censored clip along with one more broadcast by Objektiiv. That was followed by the removal of a third clip by Objektiiv titled "What is Cultural Marxism?"
The clip about deep state is the fourth clip by Objektiiv removed by Youyube.
Objektiiv says that as a rule, its clips are removed immediately after a fundraising campaign of during a campaign.
Editor: Helen Wright