YouTube removed a Prager University video of a Muslim explaining how visiting Israel “de-radicalized” him, claiming that the video was hate speech.
The video, titled, “Born to Hate Jews,” shows an interview with Kasim Hafeez, a British Muslim and pro-Israel activist, explaining how he overcame the anti-Semitic indoctrination that convinced him to try and join a terrorist group.
“In the video, Hafeez explains how he overcame the anti-Semitic indoctrination that radicalized him from an early age,” according to an email sent by Prager. “Within hours of the video’s release Monday morning, YouTube flagged it for ‘hate speech’ and took it down. PragerU is disputing YouTube’s removal of the video.”
A petition to restore the video promptly gathered over 105,000 signatures in less than a day. Late Monday evening, YouTube re-uploaded the video in “Restricted Mode,” partially restoring it. This mode marks the video as explicit content, similar to pornography, and effectively makes the video impossible to view on public internet connections at libraries and schools.
Prager is a conservative, nonprofit educational organization that produces short, educational videos. This isn’t the first time YouTube has targeted the group. YouTube put 21 of Prager University’s videos on “restricted mode” in October and currently still lists 18 PragerU videos under that mode.
Many parents set their children’s YouTube accounts to restricted mode to prevent viewing of inappropriate or obscene content, but none of Prager’s videos contain adult material. Every video is “G-rated.”
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