Youtube has now placed itself in the business of protecting the fake whistleblower, removing videos and comments that mention Eric Ciaramella, including Rand Paul’s recent Senate speech reading his question that John Roberts wouldn’t allow:
POLITICO – NEW … YOUTUBE has removed a video clip of Sen. RAND PAUL (R-Ky.) on the Senate floor, asking what Chief Justice JOHN ROBERTS blocked him from asking in the impeachment trial. The question included the name of a man many on the right believe to be the whistleblower.
PAUL TOLD US THIS: “It is a chilling and disturbing day in America when giant web companies such as YouTube decide to censure speech. Now, even protected speech, such as that of a senator on the Senate floor, can be blocked from getting to the American people. This is dangerous and politically biased. Nowhere in my speech did I accuse anyone of being a whistleblower, nor do I know the whistleblower’s identity.”
He’s right. He simply mentioned Ciaramella’s name in association with Sean Misko.
Youtube responded to Politico, defending their decision:
YOUTUBE’S IVY CHOI says: “Videos, comments, and other forms of content that mention the leaked whistleblower’s name violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines and will be removed from YouTube. We’ve removed hundreds of videos and over ten thousand comments that contained the name. Video uploaders have the option to edit their videos to exclude the name and reupload.”
The Youtube video that we used when we posted on Paul’s speech is gone. It’s been made private or removed.
Thankfully Twitter hasn’t gone down the same path yet:
.@RandPaul repeatedly names the alleged whistleblower on the Senate floor.
Chief Justice John Roberts refused to read Paul's question. pic.twitter.com/kFjLjI7vtf
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 4, 2020
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 4, 2020