Factual Feminist, PragerU YouTube Videos Get Labeled As Objectionable By YouTube
(Last Updated On: October 16, 2016)

There have been reports surfacing that various videos from certain YouTube outlets are being hidden from the public view under the label of being “objectionable”. This label applies to content that is literally censored from any playlists, search results or video listings under YouTube’s Restricted Mode. Two YouTube outlets have caused quite the stir for having many of their educational videos labeled as “Objectionable Content”.

The Restricted Mode is YouTube’s way of auto-filtering content, and as the image below shows, it will automatically de-list videos from showing up.

PragerU is an outlet that provides news and information about global topics, sociology, institutional issues, religious content and politics. According to The Daily Signal, 21 of PragerU’s videos have been labeled as “Objectionable Content”.

So far, the sites reporting on the censorship don’t seem to have any comments from YouTube on the matter, and the video site has been silent about it so far.

According to the Washington Examiner the PragerU group has started a petition to vie for YouTube to remove the label of “Objectionable Content” from their videos. According to the PragerU website, they’ve managed to acquire more than 57,000 signatures as of the writing of this article.

PragerU does state that Google responded to them when they filed a complaint about the matter, and they write…

“In response to an official complaint we filed, Google specialists defended their restriction of our videos, and said, “We don’t censor anyone”, although they do “take into consideration what the intent of the video is” and “what the focus of the video is.””

Essentially Google is telling them that the “intent” or “focus” of a video is enough to have it labeled as “Objectionable”. This isn’t too surprising when you consider that Google/YouTube have been demonetizing videos based on headlines, tags and content, which was evident when they selectively demonetized certain videos containing content critical of Hillary Clinton and SJWs but left alone videos critical of Donald Trump.

PragerU asked the same thing in a tweet, where they pointed out that other similar videos by another YouTube creator, Vox, were not listed as “Objectionable”.

Some users pointed out that it’s likely that groups of people are mass-reporting videos to have them labeled as “Objectionable” so that people with Restricted Mode on will never see the videos, which would likely apply to family computers, libraries, public places with internet access, work computers, schools or other educational institutions. This mass-flagging is also one of the tools at the disposal of high-level YouTube Heroes.

This issue also affected Christina Hoff Sommers from the American Enterprise Institute, whose Factual Feminist videos were also hit.

Basically, if videos are labeled as “Objectionable”, they won’t be appearing in the feeds of anyone who has Restricted Mode turned on. Using this method to mass flag certain ideological videos that groups of people don’t agree with is a quick way to turn YouTube into an intersection of demarcated ideas and information, restricted and confined from being easily accessed by the general public.

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  • durka durka

    Lets see if i got this, if i google a video some dumb ass in youtube has an objection with…… i cant find the video, as if it was never created.


    • But only if Restricted Mode is turned on. It’s usually off by default for most users. This would only really affect things like workplaces, education centers, schools, and maybe family or public computers where Restricted Mode might be turned on.

  • fnd

    Is factual feminist an oxymoron? lel, only gonna respect Sommers when she disavow her feminist jewess friends :^)

    • Have you never watched one of her videos? Never even heard of Sommers before?

      There’s a reason we call her “Based Mom” around these parts…

      • fnd

        She is ok, up until the point she denounced former Trump campaign manager Lewandowsky for ripping the arm off of some “journalist” i don’t remember the name now.

  • Mr.Towel

    “We don’t censor anyone… but we do block you to say what you want based on content or focus.”

    SJW’s Logic.

  • disqus_QL05BqU79X

    History repeating yet again, but in a modern, digital forum. The Stasi is back. Toe the line or be damned.

  • C G Saturation

    ”take into consideration what the intent of the video is” and “what the focus of the video is.”

    Roundabout way of describing censorship. Vox is one of the left’s propaganda arms, so of course they’re not going to censor themselves.

    It’s not surprising that stuff is being labelled “objectionable”. Even in the comments here, the mere mention of certain countries or groups, particularly those considered “minorities”, regardless of if a person factually belongs to such a group, attracts the anger of offended people seeking to accuse of “racist generalization” despite the lack of any such implication.

    People policing themselves based on what they’re taught is “offensive”. It is effectively self-censorship. Feelings are more important than facts. Orwell is turning in his grave.

  • I have to laugh at Christina Hoff Sommers’ videos being been labelled as “objectionable”.

    Has she been parading around in a micro bikini in her videos or something?

  • Blake

    So objectionable is separate from mature?

    • Yeah. Mature content is content flagged for a mature audience, which requires you to sign in. Mature content can still appear in searches, playlists and suggestion feeds; objectionable material will not.

      • C G Saturation

        Gotta protect those special snowflakes, lest they be triggered by the mere glimpse of search results and suggestions.

        The world has become so utterly ridicuous. It’s not going to last much longer. Humans can only separate themselves from reality so much before everything falls apart. We can already see the seams tearing on so many things.

      • Alistair

        you speaking of 18+ content that ask you to sign in “how old are you” youtube asked.

        it for content that have nudity, but not all 18+ content ask for you to sign in.

        i notice that, some films got nudity doesn’t get flagged.

  • bob

    they need to let her know about “minds”.