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Youtube removes video critical of hijab for being ‘hate speech’

Talking to OpIndia.com, Sharma said, "I uploaded a video on my YouTube channel today, titled "Celebrating The Hijab Insults Millions Of Women Around The World", where I talked about how the hijab is not some symbol of freedom and empowerment. And YouTube just deleted the video, saying it violates their hate speech policies.

Social Media giants have been infected with the virus of political correctness for some time now. In recent times, platforms such as Twitter have incorporated social justice dogma into their community guidelines. These measures have led to a great assault on people’s right to freedom of expression.

There have been numerous instances where videos have been either demonetized or deleted from YouTube for violating its policies which attempt to stifle criticism of some regressive Islamic practices and Leftist dogma.

Abdullah Sameer, who shares videos on YouTube, recently tweeted that he was served with a strike by Youtube for a video titled ‘The Strange Story of the Cow in the Quran by Hassan Radwan’. According to the screenshot he shared of the mail he received, the video was removed for violating YouTube’s hate speech policies.

Shambhav Sharma, of the Sham Sharma Show, received a warning for a video titled ‘Celebrating the Hijab insults millions of women around the world’.

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Talking to OpIndia.com, Sharma said, “I uploaded a video on my YouTube channel today, titled “Celebrating The Hijab Insults Millions Of Women Around The World”, where I talked about how the hijab is not some symbol of freedom and empowerment. And YouTube just deleted the video, saying it violates their hate speech policies. I didn’t even call for a ban on the hijab because I believe that people should have the freedom to wear whatever they want. I also received a couple of hateful emails from anonymous accounts after the Hasan Minhaj video about reporting my account and getting it shut down, so that may explain it as well.”

He added, “It’s incredible that there are people who constantly label and abuse others as “Bhakts, zombies, IT Cell”, and their videos show up in everyone’s recommendations and have millions of views. There are race baiters like Molyneux and genuine religious bigots like Zakir Naik with close to a million followers each and a verified tick, and YouTube feels the need to target a tiny channel like mine, delete my video and threaten to shut my channel down.” Sharma further stated that he has appealed the deletion but does not expect anything good to come of it.

There has been a deliberate attempt at censoring dissent against leftist dogma on social media platforms. Numerous allegations have been made against the social media giant Twitter for stifling political speech that is not consistent with the beliefs of the Left. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had even admitted the left-leaning bias of its employees.

There have been numerous cases of right-leaning accounts getting suspended on Twitter. Many accounts associated with ABVP, the students’ arm of RSS, were mass suspended, only to be reinstated after protests. Similarly, in 2016 many Twitter accounts were suspended after posting anti-AAP tweets.

Various Classical Liberals in the US have alleged that YouTube has been engaging in a concerted effort to silence dissenting voices. Jordan Peterson, a renowned clinical psychologist who gained almost instant popularity across the world for resisting social justice dogma, has faced similar issues on YouTube as well along with numerous other people.

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K Bhattacharjee
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