Enlarge / A graphic illustrating one of PragerU’s videos, “Does God Exist?”
A conservative media company has sued YouTube, saying that the online video giant illegally censors the short videos it produces.
PragerU was founded in 2011 by Dennis Prager, a prominent conservative writer and radio talk show host. The organization is a nonprofit that espouses conservative viewpoints on various issues by means of short, animated videos, which it posts on its own website, as well as its YouTube channel.
“Google/YouTube have represented that their platforms and services are intended to effectuate the exercise free speech among the public,” write PragerU lawyers in the organization’s complaint (PDF), filed Monday. “As applied to PragerU, Google/YouTube use their restricted mode filtering not to protect younger or sensitive viewers from ‘inappropriate’ video content, but as a political gag mechanism to silence PragerU.”
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