Campos-Duffy faults CPAC after YouTube pulls videos of conservative conference

 

Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy had some harsh advice for the Conservative Political Action Conference in response to YouTube removing a number of videos from their event held recently in Orlando, Florida.

Included in the censored videos were the speeches of 19 members of Congress, with YouTube claiming the footage violated its “election integrity policy” — any suggestion that the 2020 election was rigged or marred by fraud remains verboten on social media.

“They shouldn’t have even given YouTube the opportunity to censor them, they should’ve been on Rumble and Fox Nation,” Campos-Duffy said Friday on “Fox & Friends.”

American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp called YouTube “liars” on Thursday for taking down video content from half of the organization’s CPAC event, telling the Washington Examiner that the ACU is “officially revoking” its “somewhat laissez-faire” approach to Big Tech and now backs a “nuclear option” to regulate companies like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

“We are aggressively going to be for the nuclear option on these companies. They are of no goodwill. They are not acting fairly. They lie about their policies,” Schlapp told the newspaper.

YouTube Policy Communications Manager Ivy Choi told the Washington Examiner, “We removed content from the CPAC channel for violating our election integrity policy.”

“Our policies apply to everyone, regardless of the uploader’s political views, and while we do allow content that provides additional context such as countervailing views, the content we removed from this channel was footage that did not provide sufficient context,” he added.

Schlapp insisted that many of the speakers censored by YouTube did not focus on the election, and “Fox & Friends” contributor Pete Hegseth concurred.

“What’s it about? It’s about straight-up political censorship,” said Hegseth, whose speech was among those removed by YouTube. “What they said was that this is about election integrity. Not a word of my speech was about election integrity. Not a word of most of the speeches were about the 2020 election.”

He hinted at the actions of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that influenced the 2020 election to suggest that “there’s plenty to talk about if we wanted to talk about the 2020 election.”

“They want to shut down conservative viewpoints, including of course Donald Trump. He spoke and they shut him down. This is happening at Twitter as it pertains to gender and whether or not somebody is a man or woman … Basic common sense and basic conservatism is not acceptable, they have to censor it. It is politically targeted censorship.”

Campos-Duffy weighed in to ripped YouTube as a “Chinese-style” company “that doesn’t believe in free speech.” A company that “hates conservatives.”

“I’m an American and if we want to talk about election integrity and the interference of Big Tech on this election, we ought to be able to do it,” she said. “I say shame on CPAC, and I say that because they shouldn’t have been on YouTube. They had Fox Nation they could have streamed it on, they also add Rumble, which is a free speech platform.”

“YouTube is not about free speech. YouTube is a Chinese-style capitalist company that doesn’t believe in free speech, doesn’t believe in a free enterprise because they’re monopolists largely, and also, they hate conservatives,” she continued. “And as CPAC should be leading the charge of making sure that conservatives understand that we ought to stop giving money to companies, and by the way, also universities, that hate us and want to undermine our values.”

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