Corruption, censorship, and big tech are three issues that have been gaining more attention in recent years, and this latest move from Facebook and Instagram is just one example of the problem.
Recently, the two platforms removed a video from Project Veritas, a group that creates undercover investigations, exposing what they deem to be unethical practices. The video in question showed a Project Veritas journalist confronting a YouTube executive over the platform’s recent censorship.
The video that was removed showed Project Veritas journalist Christian Hartsock confronting YouTube Vice President of Trust and Safety Matt Halprin about why his platform censored a previous undercover video from Project Veritas.
This video exposed a Pfizer executive saying that his company was considering mutating COVID viruses. The video was removed from Facebook and Instagram for allegedly violating the platforms’ Community Standards, claiming that the video could lead to identity theft or put someone at risk of physical or financial harm.
In the video, Hartsock is seen asking the YouTube VP if Pfizer was incentivizing YouTube to censor the PV video, saying “How much is Pfizer paying you to run cover for them? Is YouTube brought to us by Pfizer?” He also described Halprin’s unresponsiveness as “absolute contempt for the public trust” and asked the YouTube Trust and Safety executive, “Why don’t you trust the public with a matter that absolutely concerns their safety?”
Twitter also temporarily suspended the PV account on February 3 over the same video, claiming that it violated “our rules against abuse and harassment”. However, the platform later sent a message to PV saying that it was an error to suspend the account.
So, in the spirit of correcting that ‘error’, here is the video:
BREAKING: Project Veritas Senior Reporter @Chris_Hartsock Confronts @YouTube Vice President of Global Trust & Safety Over Tech Giant’s Actions to Remove Our @Pfizer #DirectedEvolution Investigation From The Platform pic.twitter.com/ktvXRJawN2
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) February 3, 2023
It’s clear that Big Tech is trying to silence voices that challenge the status quo. This is a concerning development and it should not be tolerated. We need to bring attention to this issue and do everything we can to ensure that our voices are not censored. We have the right to share our opinions and it is our responsibility to make sure that our voices are heard.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.