Court rules YouTube not bound by First Amendment, free to censor PragerU

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 27th, 2020 12:58 pm

Last Updated Feb 27th, 2020 at 2:37 pm

A federal court in California ruled that YouTube is not bound by the First Amendment and was free to censor videos post by PragerU.

Conservative group Prager University brought a suit against YouTube and its parent company Google in 2017 after some of its videos were flagged as "inappropriate." Some of the flagged videos include topics like "Are 1in 5 Women Raped at College?" and "Why Isn't Communism as Hated as Nazism?"

"Despite YouTube's ubiquity and its role as a public-facing platform, it remains a private forum, not a public forum subject to judicial scrutiny under the First Amendment," wrote Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown about the ruling.

A representative for Google said it was not motivated by political biases.

"PragerU's allegations were meritless, both factually and legally, and the court's ruling vindicates important legal principles that allow us to provide different choices and settings to users," the representative said.


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