YouTube Restricts Candace Owens’ PragerU Interview with Black Lives Matter Activist

Candace Owens speaking with attendees at the 2018 Young Women's Leadership Summit
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YouTube has restricted an episode of The Candace Owens Show, in which Owens interviews the chairman of the Black Lives Matter New York chapter, Hawk Newsome, according to Prager University.

Candace Owens, the communications director for the conservative student organization Turning Point USA, recently launched a show with PragerU, entitled The Candace Owens Show, which features in-depth conversations on a variety of different topics that will be uploaded weekly to PragerU.

In her new show, Owens plans to interview a plethora of different individuals, ranging anywhere from actress Roseanne Barr, to leaders within the conservative movement, to even the Black Lives Matter chairman, Hawk Newsome, who was featured in Owens’ latest episode which was uploaded on March 10.

Owens’ episode featuring Newsome showcased how it is possible for two politically opposed individuals to sit down and have a conversation with one another in today’s polarized political climate.

The purpose of the interview was to discuss the issues facing the black community, and while Owens and Newsome did not agree on everything, the discussion encompassed an ambiance of civility that even included moments in which the two shared laughs together.

On Monday, PragerU announced in a tweet that Owens’ episode featuring her interview with Newsome had been “restricted” on YouTube.

“Two black people discussing the issues facing the black community is something young people are supposed to be protected from?” asked PragerU in its tweet on Monday.

“YouTube restricted the latest episode of PragerU’s The Candace Owens Show featuring Hawk Newsome of Black Lives Matter NY,” said a PragerU spokesperson to Breitbart News, “This means the video is not available to watch for those who have restricted mode enabled on YouTube.”

The “restricted mode” is a feature on YouTube typically used by libraries, schools, public institutions, or in any setting in which viewers may belong to a younger demographic.

When asked if YouTube notifies PragerU of its restrictions or if the platform ever offers an explanation as to why content is restricted, the spokesperson said, “No, YouTube did not notify us that the video is restricted,” adding, “they never do.”

Last month, in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily, Prager University’s Dennis Prager told Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow that “we are in a dark age because of the left’s control of Silicon Valley, academia, and media.”

“If you are not on the left. You are to be shut down. We have never, ever had anything like this in American history,” said Prager, who is currently involved with a lawsuit over the restriction of his organization’s content.

“We have a lawsuit with Google, which owns YouTube,” said Prager, “YouTube has placed 80 of our 400 videos on a restricted list. That means it’s lumped with pornography and violence, so that kids in libraries and schools can’t see them.”

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