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Google-owned YouTube has suspended the Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) just a few days out from its planned livestream of ex-President Donald J. Trump’s Georgia rally.
“We will not be silenced,” the media company, which has previously won praise from Trump for its work, vowed on social media, however.
Trump is heading to Commerce, Ga., on Saturday, March 26, to boost the gubernatorial campaign of ex-Sen. David Perdue and other GOP candidates in the state. Live rally coverage will be available on YouTube rival Rumble and other platforms.
YouTube has suspended RSBN before. In a statement, the media company explained what happened this time around:
“Conveniently timed just days before President Donald Trump’s rally in Georgia, YouTube has issued a strike on RSBN’s channel. On Tuesday afternoon, we were notified that our abilities to livestream and upload content have been suspended for one week after YouTube deleted two of our videos that allegedly violated their company policies.
“The banned videos include President Donald Trump’s interview with RSBN’s own Brian Glenn backstage at the South Carolina rally and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s interview with RSBN at CPAC 2022.
“Giving no respect to our First Amendment rights, YouTube claims these videos contain ‘elections misinformation’ and a lack of ‘sufficient’ context, warranting their removal…,” the statement read.
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) March 22, 2022
YouTube previously deleted Trump’s speech that he delivered at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and locked RSBN’s account for two weeks.
Update: YouTube removed the CPAC Trump speech and suspended us for two weeks. https://t.co/nyh2vCOHVJ
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) March 4, 2021
Far-left Big Tech has often been accused of selective and ideology-based enforcement of its often-vague terms and conditions against those on the right, and even the center, as part of the broader cancel culture. Allegations of “misinformation” have generally become a catchall justification.
Separately, Twitter has suspended the satire site, Babylon Bee, for what it considers “hateful conduct.”
Many armchair First Amendments experts or would-be experts on social media, moreover, insist that a private company like YouTube make its own access rules.
If, however, a Big Tech network operates as an arm of the government, such as in an effort to suppress political opposition, constitutional freedom of speech protection arguably would apply.
This latest development in what many consider outright content censorship also underscores the need for free-speech advocates to continue to develop their own platforms. Trump’s new communication channel, Truth Social, is currently experiencing a slow rollout.
According to RSBN exec Liz Willis, the Trump rally at the location about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta can also be viewed on GETTR, Twitter, Facebook, and on the RSBN app.
Trump delivers exciting message ahead of Georgia rally: 'We're going to have a lot of fun'https://t.co/Y7EBrxRYPs
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) March 22, 2022
The corporate media maintains that there was no “widespread” fraud in Election 2020 and frowns on any further dissent by Trump, or anyone else for that matter, with regard to that premise.
Trump-endorsed Perdue, a voting integrity champion, is attempting to unseat incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp in the May 24, 2022, GOP primary.
In what might be another example of the Streisand Effect, YouTube’s decision may motivate significantly more people to tune in to the “fun” event.
Rumble appears to be gearing up for what it anticipates will be increased online traffic on Saturday:
BREAKING: @RSBNetwork announced YouTube has suspended them and they will move ALL live coverage to Rumble for President Donald J. Trump's rally this Saturday in Georgia.
The last time this happened, RSBN almost crashed our servers. Let's try to do that again 🥳 https://t.co/ZCmKEV3bki
— Rumble (@rumblevideo) March 22, 2022
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