The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is having their role as a "trusted flagger" for YouTube called into question by some Conservative groups. SPLC is one of over 100 groups who help moderate YouTube's content to filter out "dangerous" or "inappropriate" ideas and content. In our present day and age, even the idea of questioning the official narrative of the mainstream media is viewed as "dangerous conspiracy theory mongering." The SPLC themselves, by the way, has jumped the shark time and again claiming a second wave feminist, Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers, is actually a dangerous "male supremacist enabler" who aids and abets the "hate groups" that work to organize for men's rights.
SPLC has been around for decades, but in recent years, they are strongly tied to the movement to label more and more organizations as "hate groups." Ironically, they have actually inspired at least one extremist terrorism attempt. The fear is that they will continue to police thought and with the support of big money from major tech companies and partnership with YouTube that fear is potentially dire.
Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group spoke to the Hill about this, “YouTube has a legal right to do whatever it wants in this space, but it has no ethical right to project itself as some kind of objective purveyor of information when it not only aligns itself with radical groups but won’t be transparent on how it’s doing business.”
At this point, any body of individuals who believe in traditional marriage and organizes for such can be classified a "dangerous hate group." In the case of the Center for Immigration Studies, the extent of their official hate group activity is based in their existence as a think tank and their release of statistics related to immigration. I mean, it's not cross burning by a long shot, but the definition of "hate speech" and "hate group" seem to be widening more and more daily. SPLC did not respond to a request for comment by the Hill.
Some have questioned why groups like the Family Research Council and CIS are included on the list while the violent international gang of antifascists (Antifa) are not listed. SPLC evidently believes there doesn't need to be any violence in order for a group to be "extremists" and evidently being violent on an international scale isn't enough to make one "extremist" in their eyes.
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Trusted flaggers like the SPLC are able to mass flag videos for quick deletion. YouTube argues that the "trusted flaggers" are not judge and jury, however. It's up to the staff to decide what gets removed and what stays, but trusted flaggers' requests are definitely moved to the top of the queue for action. All this becomes more and more relevant as Twitter and YouTube move to purge thousands for "wrongthink."