After being on the platform for two years, YouTube banned a video of Dr. Michelle Cretella, a pediatrician and executive director at the American Academy of Pediatricians, who explained that dismembering body parts is a symptom of mental illness.
The board-certified pediatrician gives medical facts in the video and demonstrates that “Transgenderism” doesn’t really exist. Rather, the thought that one is the “wrong gender” is body dysmorphia, a reason for mental health counseling rather than going under the knife. According to the media giant, YouTube, giving medical facts is “hate speech.”
“See, if you want to cut off a leg or an arm you’re mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender.”
YouTube stated, “Hate speech is not allowed on YouTube. We remove content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the following attributes.”
One of those attributes is “gender identity,” a non-scientific and medically untenable term.
Katrina Kinko, the Editor-in-Chief for Daily Signal, explained to the press that they had tried without avail to get YouTube to let them speak medical facts without punitive censorship.
Over the past few months, The Daily Signal worked with YouTube to try to reach a resolution. Ultimately, we were told the only way we could get the video back on YouTube was to delete the previously mentioned sentence.
In other words, we had two choices: censor the doctor’s words or have no video on the world’s biggest video platform.
This should horrify every YouTube user—and anyone who values the importance of a public square featuring a variety of perspectives.