Over the weekend, Chelsea Manning announced her bid for United States Senate in Maryland.
Manning will be running as a Democrat against two-term Senator Ben Cardin (D). She released a powerful video as part of her campaign announcement.
It features the strong message:
We live in trying times.
Times of Fear— of suppression— of hate.
We don’t need more—or better leaders.
We need someone willing to fight.
We need to stop asking them to give us our rights.
They won’t support us.
They won’t compromise.
We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves.
We need to actually take the reins of power from them.
We need to challenge them at every level.
We need to fix this.
We don’t need them anymore.
We can do better.
You’re damn right #WeGotThis
However, for a brief time, YouTube restricted the video and flagged it as ‘inappropriate’.
The video platform age-restricts video that has content involving ‘nudity, is sexually explicit, hateful, harmful or if it is violent or dangerous’. Yet Manning’s video was none of these things.
The restriction specifically described the campaign video as inappropriate for ‘some users’.
Not the first time…
Last year, YouTube came under fire for its Restricted Mode, which blocked LGBTI content.
They eventually resolved the issue and released the following statement:
‘Some videos that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear for users and institutions that choose to use this feature. We recognize that some videos are incorrectly labelled by our automated system and we realize it’s very important to get this right. We’re working hard to make some improvements.’
More recently, the company has been embroiled in a controversy after Logan Paul’s video in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. The location is known for its numerous suicides and in Paul’s video, he showed a dead body.
YouTube has since cut ties with Paul, but it is worth nothing his video never had a restriction.