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Congressmen nudge YouTube toward climate censorship

Posted 1/31/20

Interesting story by CNBC at the shortened link https://cnb.cx/2Udp1f4. The main part of the story is “The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis wrote a letter addressed to Alphabet CEO …

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Congressmen nudge YouTube toward climate censorship

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Interesting story by CNBC at the shortened link https://cnb.cx/2Udp1f4. The main part of the story is “The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis wrote a letter addressed to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, requesting the company take action against climate disinformation — specifically on its video platform, YouTube.”

I find the action by the House Select Committee a dangerous precedent to the First Amendment. While we would like all information posted online, or any other media, to be accurate, the reality is when we see contradictory information, it causes us to question what is real and what is not. We have the choice to research further and find ground truth.

When the government forces “false” or “inaccurate” information to be censored, then we do not get a choice to question that information. The same applies with other “offensive” language or information. We may not like or agree with what is written, said or videoed, but we do have the choice to not read, listen or watch.

When the government decides what is accurate and allowable information, then we are then forced to accept the government’s information. Our choice to decide for ourselves is stripped away. Is that what we want?

Mick Rankin

Stantonsburg

The writer is the Republican candidate for N.C. House District 24.

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