Conservative nonprofit PragerU, which creates and then distributes educational videos through its YouTube channel, filed a lawsuit in a U.S. district court in California Monday claiming that both YouTube and parent company Google violated First Amendment rights by censoring 50 out of 250 of its current video offerings.
While the tech giants restricted videos that they deemed offensive because they discussed “hate and genocide” or “terrorism and genocide,” PragerU believes such restrictions impinge on free speech and limit the company’s revenue from ads. “Can you imagine what the world would look like if Google is allowed to continue to arbitrarily censor ideas they simply don’t agree with?” said PragerU CEO Marissa Streit. “Somebody has to fight Goliath.”
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