Personally, I think laws that criminalize offensive speech are themselves fascist, authoritarian laws that smack of precisely the kind of tyranny demonstrated by Adolf Hitler. But I don’t write the laws in other countries, so it’s not up to me. In order to prevent REAL.video from being completely blocked in these 15 countries, we have to selectively block Holocaust denial videos in those countries.
So when a video was posted on REAL.video — entitled “100% Proof: Jewish Holocaust Hoax is a Sick Lie” — we did two things with it. First, we “de-listed” the video, which means it isn’t banned outright, but it doesn’t appear in any search results or video lists. We did this deliberately, but we didn’t ban the video, meaning that people can still watch it if they go directly to the video view page.
Secondly, we geo-restricted the video so that it cannot be viewed from the 15 countries where Holocaust denialism is literally a criminal act. See this screen shot to take a look at what this looks like if you try to view the video from Germany or Israel, for example: https://www.naturalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/geo-restriction.jpgIf you watch the video from the USA, however, you can watch the full video. The red bar “de-listed” warning appears across the top of the video, but the video isn’t banned outright. This also means that people in Germany who really, really want to watch the video could sign up for a VPN, choose an IP address in the USA, and then watch the video through that VPN.
I hope you agree this is the correct action on our part. As an outspoken champion of free speech, I strongly support the right of people to speak even if their speech is highly offensive. That’s why I’m not outright banning these videos. After all, if we deny the existence of all the videos of Holocaust denialism, then don’t we actually become Holocaust denialism denialists? These views are important for the world to be able to see so that we know such views continue to exist.
We will, however, de-list these videos simply to state strongly that the views expressed in such videos are not endorsed by REAL.video. This “de-listing” status results in a red bar appearing across the top of the video, and the video itself will not appear in any search results or video lists. So far, we have applied this de-listing status to a total of four videos, all of which were focused on the Holocaust issue.
In a similar vein, it turns out that attacking the Prophet of Islam is a criminal act in certain other countries — mostly Islamic fundamentalism countries where nobody watches our videos anyway. Currently, we haven’t seen any videos that mock the religious leaders of Islam, but if such videos are posted on REAL.video, we will geo-restrict those individual videos from the Islamic fundamentalism countries where such speech is criminalized.
Once again, I personally think these laws that criminalize free speech are authoritarian and stupid. But I don’t write those laws. For REAL.video to exist as a global platform, we are forced to restrict certain videos from certain countries. Such are the realities of operating in a global political ecosystem where many governments of the world have criminalized certain types of speech.
I don’t like it, but it’s the reality of our world today.