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Thu Feb 11, 2021, 03:38 AM

Randi Rhodes was suspended from YouTube for showing the Impeachment Manager's video.

For ninety days. No violation of any policy, just a rebroadcast of that excellent 13 minutes.

I have to say, this gives me pause. I don't watch Randi on YouTube, I just download the podcast everyday. She's my go-to for extraordinarily well-informed news analysis; there's a reason Walter Cronkite was one of her biggest fans.

As far as I know YouTube let the MagaNazis run rampant and allowed thousands of auto-registered Russian 'American Patriot' news channels broadcast bullshit every single day until they saw the political winds change and then did too little too late; but for them to shut down Randi like this is a bit of an act of darkness in my book. The 'algorithms' seem suspiciously un-American to me.

I don't have a great deal of trust in mass social media as it is -- haven't touched Facebook in a few years, and let my Twitter account go dormant. I stick to the mighty Democratic Underground, Randi Rhodes (who led me here in 2004), and the Majority Report with Sam Seder -- which means I'm more tuned in to hard fact than most people.

I'm going to write a little letter to team@youtube.com just because. One spark against the behemoth probably means nothing, but I'll do it anyway. I love Randi Rhodes, always have and always will. Sharpest knife in the drawer, that excellent human. She keeps my moral compass tuned up.

But this event makes me wonder who's home at YouTube. Algorithm Schmalgorithm, some human is picking and choosing, and this particular suspension is a bad sign that gives me a bad feeling.

There is no such thing as both sides. There's right and there's wrong, and it's pretty GODDAMNED OBVIOUS if you can think critically and have some decent history and a little solid science under your belt.

Hmmmmm. They've got me thinking things I don't think they want me thinking. Okay, YouTube. This was a mistake. I read about but didn't consume any of the Insurrectionist crap you let infect my nation, but now that you've messed with my media feed I see you a lot more clearly. This issue just jumped up a few notches on my list.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 03:53 AM

1. You nailed it mate, TY!

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 03:53 AM

2. That's ridiculous, I hope it gets sorted, Randi is fantastic.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 04:01 AM

3. seems like there is more to the story?? Lots of shows are put up on you tube. seems strange.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 04:59 AM

4. I'm watching it on her channel

Must be back up

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 05:17 AM

5. Maybe there were a lot of alerts which resulted in automatic shut down

based on what other people who post YouTube videos have said it's not uncommon for disputes to happen and appeal to YouTube and get their accounts and videos up again.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 05:26 AM

6. I just checked on my phone, it's up right now, but with an "offensive content" warning pop-up box.

Just tap "CONFIRM" and you can watch the video.


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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 05:57 AM

7. Think Again

“They've got me thinking things I don't think they want me thinking.”

Please reconsider. This is borderline conspiracy theory stuff. YouTube’s actions here are entirely mundane, there is no Big Tech algorithm out to get us. 😁😜

That’s the other camp’s excuse.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 11:17 AM

13. Received and noted.

And great avatar.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 11:19 AM

14. Ha! And wrong.

 

There are many big tech algorithms out to get every one of us flesh entities.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 06:17 AM

8. Social media was never meant to become political.

Once someone saw it as a way of disseminating unverified and often biased political 'news', it became as valuable as a source of anything as Fox. That is, no value at all.

Those who run social media have no idea of how to reduce political 'news' of a dubious nature. And no intention of doing so.


Needless to say, I'm not on Twitter, Facebook, or Parlor.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 06:18 AM

9. Huh?

... I wanted to see it again and YouTube had the video... don't understand why it would be banned.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 08:33 AM

10. i assume her channel is monetized. you're not allowed much swearing if monetized.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 08:34 AM

11. Just curious....

....and have not heard anything since I do not follow her, but does she still believe Hillary Clinton is a fucking whore?

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Response to quickesst (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 11:16 AM

12. She talks about that event.

And no, she doesn't. She's had dinner with the Clintons, interviewed Bill a few times, partied with them. The comment was made as part of a stand-up comedy event in the peak of primary season, and people who were there didn't take it the way it sounds.

Yeah, I get that it changed her career path. Doesn't change the fact that she's brilliant.

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Response to byronius (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 12:07 PM

16. Although I still have no desire to follow her

... thanks for the information. Good they patched things up. Shows real character on Hillary's part.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 11:21 AM

15. You can watch it on You Tube simply by typing Impeachment Managers' video.

That makes no sense.

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Response to byronius (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 11:28 AM

17. The suspension appears to have been lifted. and her channel restored.

Whew.

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