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Google denies viewers access to educational content on its YouTube subsidiary without explanation, radio host and commentator Dennis Prager testified Tuesday at a Senate hearing.
“Google, which owns YouTube, has restricted access to 56 of our 320 five-minute videos and other videos we produce,” Prager, co-founder of Prager University, told the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution.
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In prepared testimony, Prager said his video-producing organization, known as PragerU, never got an explanation for why YouTube restricted the videos.
“‘Restricted’ means that families that have a filter to avoid pornography and violence cannot see that video,” Prager told senators. “It also means that no school or library can show that video.”
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“Google has even restricted access to a video on the Ten Commandments. Yes, the Ten Commandments,” he said. “We have repeatedly asked Google why our videos are restricted. No explanation is ever given.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, subcommittee chairman, held the hearing to look into the issue of the global internet giant and censorship, especially of conservative organizations, individuals, and ideas.
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Karan Bhatia, Google’s vice president of government affairs and public policy, pushed against the notion that the tech company is partisan.
“Google is not politically biased,” Bhatia said in his prepared remarks, adding:
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Indeed, we go to extraordinary lengths to build our products and enforce our policies in an analytically objective, apolitical way. We do so because we want to create tools that are useful to all Americans. Our search engine and our platforms reflect the online world that is out there.
The Daily Signal sought comment Wednesday from Google on Prager’s account; the company acknowledged the request, but had yet to respond at publication time.
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Cruz previously held a hearing in April with officials from Facebook and Twitter, where he raised concerns over social media bias and censorship.
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