The CEO of Google-owned YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, recently urged governments around the world to pass new laws aimed at canceling speech, especially on the web, that is deemed “harmful.” Wojcicki discussed her path to “more control over online speech,” which seemingly includes passing laws that have no regard for the First Amendment.

“Our recommendation, if governments want to have more control over online speech is to pass laws to have that be very cleanly and clearly defined so that we can implement it,” Wojcicki said during an interview with the Hamburg-based broadcaster TIDETVhamburg.

Wojcicki was asked about how the platform manages to wade through numerous rules and regulations around the globe given the online nature of its content. 

“We work around the globe, and you’re right, certainly there are many different laws and many different jurisdictions, and we…enforce the laws of the various jurisdictions around speech or what’s considered safe or not safe,” Wojcicki said.

The YouTube CEO talked about the company’s ‘misinformation’ position and explained that their choice to censor those who do not fall into mainstream thought will remain more “controversial” until governments can step in and criminalize their ability to speak freely.

What has been the controversial part is when there is content that would be deemed as harmful but yet is not illegal. An example of that, for example, would be COVID.

I’m not aware of there being laws by governments saying around COVID in terms of not being able to debate the efficacy of masks or where the virus came from or the right treatment or proposal but yet there was a lot of pressure and concern about us distributing misinformation that went against what was the standard and accepted medical knowledge.

And so this category of harmful but…legal has been, I think, where most of the discussion has been.

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