A popular YouTube channel says Google “restricted” a new video Monday that exposes myths about the Planned Parenthood abortion chain.
PragerU is a conservative YouTube channel that discusses political and social issues from a conservative perspective. Host Dennis Prager filed a lawsuit against the internet giant Google in October, claiming it is wrongly censoring conservatives like himself on YouTube.
On Monday, PragerU posted a new video featuring Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, discussing “What You Need to Know about Planned Parenthood.”
Within just a few hours, YouTube classified the video as “restricted,” The Christian Post reports. The label blocks the video from people who use the site on “restricted mode,” often families with children who want to protect themselves from sex, violence, profanity and other objectionable content.
“Some videos don’t violate our policies, but may not be appropriate for all audiences,” the Restricted Mode policy states. “In these cases, our review team may place an age restriction on the video. Videos that are age-restricted will not appear for users that have Restricted Mode turned on.”
PragerU criticized the move on Twitter.
“Well, that didn’t take long,” @PragerU tweeted Monday. “@YouTube has already restricted our new video about Planned Parenthood — just hours after we released it.”
The video does not including anything that people typically would find objectionable. Rose primarily discussed statistics from Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports.
Rose said the abortion chain manipulates its “service” numbers to claim that abortions are only a small percentage of what Planned Parenthood does.
“There are many other services provided during the abortion process that Planned Parenthood claims as discrete clinical interactions,” Rose said in the video. “In this way, Planned Parenthood has been able to rack up 9.5 million of these so-called services each year.”
She pointed to Planned Parenthood’s hundreds of millions in tax dollars as a reason for this deception.
“The reality is just about everything about Planned Parenthood is a deception,” Rose said. “Its purpose, its funding, its very name. That’s why Planned Parenthood’s biggest enemy isn’t conservatives or religious people. Its biggest enemy is truth.”
PragerU said YouTube has restricted at least 40 of its videos.
Pro-life advocates and conservatives increasingly have become concerned about online censorship on widely-used social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
In October, Twitter rejected an ad from pro-life Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn because she mentioned Planned Parenthood’s sales of aborted baby body parts. Twitter later reversed its decision after LifeNews and other news outlets reported about the matter.
Facebook and Twitter have blocked other pro-life advertisements in the past, as well.
In September, Live Action, the youth-centered pro-life organization known for its undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood, said Twitter has been censoring its ads. Live Action and founder Lila Rose said the social media site blocked their ability to advertise and told them to change information on their websites if they want to start advertising again.
Twitter also refused to run an ad from the Susan B. Anthony List in the fall because it contained the phrase “killing babies.”
In 2016, a Maryland pro-life pregnancy center also had its ad initially rejected by Facebook. The social media site tagged the phrase “if you are pregnant” as objectionable, likening it to “if you are fat.” Facebook later approved the ad after the pro-life group modified the phrase.
In 2015, Facebook also refused to allow Live Action News to advertise one of its stories because “the image or video thumbnail may shock or evoke a negative response from viewers.” The image was of baby Eli Thompson who was born without a nose.
Facebook became a subject of national news in 2016 after some of its workers admitted that they suppressed conservative news stories in favor of liberal ones. LifeNews.com, which is the leading pro-life news website on the Internet and the only one specifically devoted to pro-life issues, has long believed that Facebook has been suppressing its traffic.