Google called security and police on an InfoWars host Friday for recording a report in front of the tech giant’s headquarters on the public street.
Owen Shroyer, host of Infowars’ The War Room attempted to film a segment exposing the corruption of Google-owned YouTube, when security interjected.
“This is amazing, for the last 20 minutes, I came out here to shoot a report today in front of Google headquarters in Austin, Texas – We finally got security to leave us alone,” Shroyer explained in a live Periscope broadcast. “For the last 20 minutes security has been interrupting me from shooting this report.”
“All I wanted to do was shoot a 5 minute, HD report talking about how the CEO of YouTube said that YouTube was going to be an open platform. They were going to let people upload videos again,” he continued. “I’m halfway through the report when the security guard comes and tries to kick me off the property.
On Thursday, The War Room account made by Shroyer was banned, just hours after he made the channel on the platform.
YouTube contends the account violated the company’s terms of service but refused to specify the provisions.
When asked by The Verge to elaborate on the terms Shroyer’s account allegedly breached, a YouTube representative claimed banning the Infowars account is a means of “preserving openness and balancing it with our responsibility to protect our community.”
The first video published on the account, titled “Breaking! YouTube CEO says ‘Alex Jones’ and ‘Infowars Ban Is Over,” featured Shroyer reading a letter written by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in which the billionaire tech executive assures YouTube will allow videos that are “controversial or even offensive” in order to remain an open platform.
“A commitment to openness is not easy,” Wojcicki wrote, noting “hearing a broad range of perspectives ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society.”
Shroyer’s account remained active overnight, with the video he posted getting widely shared across other platforms.
YouTube, however, removed the account shortly after Vice News reported, “Infowars Returns to YouTube.”
Claiming they are combating misinformation online and “hate speech,” top technology companies Apple, Google, Facebook and Spotify, severely restricted the reach of Alex Jones and Infowars in August 2018, erasing most of the posts and videos on their services from Alex Jones’ news website Infowars.
Left-leaning technology giants have yet to face accountability for scrubbing InfoWars’ posts and videos on their services or tyrannizing their role in regulating what can be said online.
The White House is reportedly drafting an executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies.
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