LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced Wednesday it has upheld a district court ruling dismissing PragerU’s federal case against Google/YouTube. The Ninth Circuit decision comes six months after hearing oral arguments by PragerU attorneys appealing the lower court’s decision.
“As we feared, the Ninth circuit got this one wrong, and the important issue of online censorship did not get a fair shake in court,” says Marissa Streit, CEO of PragerU. “Sadly, it appears as if even the Ninth Circuit is afraid of Goliath — Google. We’re not done fighting for free speech and we will keep pushing forward.”
While considering its next steps in the federal case, PragerU continues to fight for free speech via its parallel lawsuit in California State Court. A court date is expected for later this year for oral arguments in PragerU’s appeal.
"Of course this ruling is disappointing, but we won’t stop fighting and spreading public awareness of Big Tech’s censorship of conservative ideas,” says Craig Strazzeri, PragerU CMO. “YouTube continues to falsely claim that they are not politically biased, but their recent six-figure investment in the left-wing news channel The Young Turks proves otherwise.”
YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, has restricted over 200 PragerU videos and has labeled them as “dangerous” or “derogatory.” PragerU’s lawsuit maintains that its videos have been restricted not because they are explicit, vulgar, obscene or inappropriate for children in any way, but because they promote conservative ideas.
PragerU has a 5-minute video explaining its lawsuit against YouTube and the video currently has over 9 million views.
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