“It seems strange that YouTube and others attack free speech advocates, but yet they allow videos by individuals such as Yusuf Qaradawi who is the chief inspirational cleric of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Strange indeed, but one thing you can say about all the social media giants as they act ever more energetically to shut down all dissent from the far-Left agenda: they’re consistent. They never miss a trick in allowing for the most hateful pro-Sharia preaching, but shutting down those who oppose jihad terror.
“FUREY: YouTube suspends Canadian anti-terror expert,” by Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun, April 8, 2018:
Canadian intelligence expert Tom Quiggin has quite the resume. He’s worked with the RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces, the UN Protection Force in Yugoslavia, to name but a few. He’s testified before the Senate and at the Air India Inquiry. He was even an arms control inspector in Europe.
Yet, these extensive qualifications apparently aren’t enough for YouTube, which removed Quiggin’s new podcast from its platform before he even posted the first episode.
On Feb. 24, a trailer for The Quiggin Report — running less than a minute — was posted to the video platform now run by Google. All it shows is the logo of the show and snippets of audio referencing extremism and political correctness. Hardly controversial content.
Yet by March 1, Quiggin and his producers were unable to access their accounts – both on YouTube and the Gmail account they’d been using for the show.
They then received a message stating: “Your access to this Google product has been suspended because of a perceived violation of either the Google Terms of Service or product-specific Terms of Service.”
After appealing the suspension they were soon told: “We have decided to keep your account suspended based on our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.” They were never informed what actual guidelines or terms they’d violated.
“We really are at a loss to explain how a 44-second trailer can get you banned, but we believe that simply using the term “free speech” in conjunction with security, extremism and terrorism can trigger progressives,” Quiggin told me via e-mail.
A long-time media commentator, Quiggin has been a guest speaker at a number of conferences and regular discusses intelligence matters on National Post Radio, the SiriusXM Canada morning show that I host.
Quiggin’s a determined observer and critic of radical Islam, working alongside a handful of Canadian Muslims who want to expose the extreme elements they wish to eradicate from their faith.
A fundraising page describes the new podcast as giving “behind-the-scenes insight into the world of intelligence and how Western governments deal with the growing phenomenon of extremist groups gaining influence within Western governments.”
He certainly doesn’t mince words in this regard, repeatedly drawing attention to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s habit of being soft on terror. Was it this sort of talk that got his podcast banned before his team even had the chance to post the first episode? We just don’t know. Google Press did not respond to Postmedia questions before deadline.
As for Quiggin, he sees a double standard. “It seems strange that YouTube and others attack free speech advocates, but yet they allow videos by individuals such as Yusuf Qaradawi who is the chief inspirational cleric of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he wrote….