Governmental and social pressure have led YouTube to come up with algorithms to push down videos that YouTube suspects to be “fake news” or “conspiracy theories.” An article in the Guardian blaming YouTube for “promoting” a video claiming that the Las Vegas shooting was a hoax shows the kind of pressure they are under. But this video by alternative journalist Tim Pool looks critically at some of the potential long-term consequences of the growing attempt to exploit the major social media platforms’ status as gatekeepers. What will be the effects on freedom of speech and independent journalism?

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