YouTube Removes, Then Restores, Video of Mom Fighting Mask Mandates in School
By Timothy Benton and Virginia Allen
Virginia resident Merianne Jensen last week stood before her local school board and demanded that the elected leaders stop playing “politics with kid’s faces.”
“We are forcing healthy children home for exposure [to COVID-19] despite them wearing masks, and we are segregating children by vaccination status and religious exemption status despite the wearing of masks,” Jensen told the school board Feb. 2. “So I ask you, if masks work, why don’t they?”
Jensen’s remarks to the eight-member Prince William County School Board drew attention from parents across the Northern Virginia jurisdiction, including Jimmy Jeffries.
The 3-minute, 21-second video quickly gained attention, receiving 16,000 views within the first four days after Jeffries shared it.
But Monday, Jeffries received a call from Jensen saying that the video had disappeared from YouTube.
YouTube informed Jeffries that it removed his video because “we think it violates our medical misinformation policy,” according to a screenshot of the email that The Daily Signal obtained from Jensen.
“I don’t have much to say beyond that it’s a real head-scratcher, considering major mainstream publications all over are running articles by serious public health experts saying essentially the same thing Merianne did,” Jeffries told The Daily Signal on Monday.
“I guess you’ll have to ask YouTube why it considers basic science like this, shared by a mom at a school board meeting, to be dangerous to its viewers,” he said.
In an appeal filed Monday, Jeffries asked YouTube to restore his video of Jenson’s speech. Monday evening, YouTube informed Jeffries that it had put the video back up.
“After taking another look, we can confirm that your content does not violate our Community Guidelines,” YouTube wrote Jeffries.
Jeffries declined to comment on YouTube’s reinstatement of his video.
The Daily Signal also posted a video of Jensen’s speech to the school board on its YouTube channel shortly after Jeffries shared the video. Despite the almost identical videos, YouTube did not censor The Daily Signal’s video.
When asked why YouTube removed and later restored Jeffries’ video of Jensen, a spokesperson told The Daily Signal: “When it’s brought to our attention that content has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.”
Jensen said she thinks that YouTube’s initial action “is yet another example of the finger-to-the-political-winds ‘fact-checking’ we see all over the place.”
In an email Tuesday to The Daily Signal, Jensen added that she thinks YouTube’s actions are politically motivated:
You wake up in the morning to an email from YouTube saying your video about masks in schools is ‘dangerous to the community.’ Then you point out to YouTube that major publications everywhere are publishing about the uselessness of masks in schools. And that same day, several blue states announce they’re reversing their mask policies.
By the day’s end, YouTube suddenly decides my video is no longer dangerous? It’s not hard to see why: There’s an election they need to help win in November!
YouTube’s removal and reinstatement of the Jensen video come as Oregon, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware announced plans Monday to lift school mask mandates.
Cross-posted from The Daily Signal
Notes from the Editor
YouTube, who has censored free speech, more so if you dare question the dogma of the Left concerning Covid, conservative thought, anything that may offend a snowflake, one has to wonder, why are they even still in existence?
I think looking at the control the large platforms have, such as YouTube, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Even Apple, Amazon, we have to ask, why is it that companies today are allowed to control competition, running them out of business, control elections and free-speech and none of them are in front of the courts for anti-trust violations?
I have had people tell me they disagree with anti-trust, but these laws were implemented to provide fair competition. When these big tech companies control the complete flow of information, censoring any thoughts they don’t like, this is all after being afforded protection under the law by Congress; we must ask, why is this continuing?
At this point, with the Democrats and Republicans controlled by Big Tech and refusing to do anything about their anti-trust actions, we need to start wholesale movements towards platforms that don’t censor conservative or even medical posting, as we see here.
I have people ask me what platforms there are out there for conservatives or look for this medical material; I tell them if they want to stay with a Twitter-like platform, go to Gettr.
If you like Facebook or the other social sharing sites, more options are available, such as Parler, Mastodon, Ello (this is more an artistic sharing site), Minds, MeWe. These are the easiest to use, there are other platforms, but if you are not tech-savvy, they aren’t always that easy to use. If you are my age, most of us are not well-versed with computer networking and online programs, so ease of use is essential.
With many of us still finding ourselves shut down in our homes and finding this could go back to the way it was in 2020, having an ability to share online is essential for many, but finding our thoughts are censored is not.
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