|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM|
The Freedom Forum Institute has given YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki an award for freedom of speech, despite widespread criticism among conservatives and others that the platform has enforced rules that have stifled a plurality of voices and content.
Wojcicki won the award on Thursday as part of the institute's "free speech week," which YouTube is a signature supporter for.
In her acceptance video, Wojcicki said, "We want to be able to have as diverse and transparent a forum as possible to express as many perspectives as possible on the platform, but we still need to make sure there are limitations." "We wouldn't allow adult, hate, or harmful material," she says.
Wojcicki also reported that YouTube pulled 9 million videos last month for violating community guidelines.
In her address, Wojcicki said, "I've just seen the real benefits of freedom of speech, as well as serving people of all different backgrounds and viewpoints."
Google LLC, the parent company of YouTube, is owned by Alphabet Inc.
Conservative comedian Steven Crowder is among those who have been barred from the network, claiming that his channel was demonetized and blocked by YouTube last month. He has frequently alleged that the video sharing site singled him out because of his conservative beliefs.
After the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, former President Trump was barred from the video-sharing platform. According to Market Research Telecast, conservative pundit Alex Jones and his show "InfoWars" were also blocked by the network.