What's that you say? Google and youtube are private companies, not the government? Private companies cannot censor?
I agree, private companies cannot censor, only governments can. But if a company silences people at the behest and by the order of a government (as part of the price of doing business with said government), then it IS government censorship.
Google abandoned the Chinese market in 2010 but in 2016 has decided to go back. One of the conditions set out by the mass murdering Chinese dictatorship in 2010 was the censorship of search results, prevention of certain topics online. In order to re-enter China's markets, google will have to do the corrupt government's bidding and censor user content. And judging by the new "terms of service" for youtube, google has already started.
These are their five "rules for unacceptable content":
"Sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor"What constitutes "sexual content"? LGBTQIA kissing? Transgender people's videos? People at the beach?
"Violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism"
Does this include video showing police and governments violently assaulting and murdering peaceful human rights protestors (e.g. the corporate and government violence against protesters in North Dakota)? Does this include video exposing war crimes by corrupt governments? Very likely, it does.
"Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language"So, it's perfectly alright for advertisements to appear in hollywood movies full of profanity and racist language, but a youtube video with a much smaller audience cannot say them?
"Promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items"Meanwhile, advertisements by multinational pharmaceutial industries will still be perfectly legal. Discussing and advocating the legalization or decriminalization of drugs, or even discussing countries where drugs are legal, will remain a banned topic.
"Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown"China Uncensored is a youtube channel based in Hong Kong which factually (while humourously) reports on serious events in China such as human rights abuses, the mass murder of falun gong members for "organ harvesting" and transplant tourism, the silencing of the press, arrests without trial and torture, etc. Would it surprise you to hear that China Uncensored has been "demonetized" (read: demonized) for reporting facts? All at the behest of Beijing and likely other governments.
Unfortunately, it's not just the corrupt Chinese regime that likes these rules. Other governments which mass murder and commit war crimes (e.g. the US, Israel, the UK) would be just as happy to see these rules imposed, to silence whistle blowers and help cover up their crimes against humanity.
How many other topics will be deemed "sensitive" and silences by google for the benefit of governments? Systematic racism in countries like the US and Australia? Climate change? The corporatization of the entire world with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
"Not censorship." Yeah, right.