Stephen Colbert Calls Out YouTube, Claims Google Is Attacking Free Speech
No one is happy with the choices YouTube is making. Ray William Johnson laid into the Google-owned site for disabling video responses recently, and now Stephen Colbert, host of “The Colbert Report” is going in on YouTube as well.
Colbert jokingly criticized YouTube’s plan to link commenters’ real names to Google+ accounts, saying that it was an “attack on free speech.” The Google+ comment initiative was launched by YouTube earlier this week to select creators all in an effort to limit spam and offensive comments. The comment model has been built to favor comment relevancy over recency while allowing creators to blacklist various words.
In retaliation, Colbert ordered the Colbert Nation to hit YouTube with a block of nausea-inducing spam text, which reads:
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Despite Colbert’s jabbings, Google is taking the satirical criticism in good stride. Google+ chief architect Yonatan Zunger responded to the TV host writing: “I’m sorry, Mr. Colbert, but I can’t quite hear you over the sound of our spam filters. You’re just going to have to try a little harder if you want to get millions of people to say identical, contentless things on the internet. In the meantime, check out this cool channel, buy cialis cheap & legal: http://goo.gl/uDrrPb. Have a nice day.”
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