YouTube Censorship
Post on /r/Atheism: The Amazing Athiest forced to rename his channel

In the post is a link to TAA's video about removing "Atheist" from his YouTube name.

I don't understand what the big deal is. YouTube is a private company; they can make the rules to which people need to follow if they want to use YouTube's service. If they deem "atheist" as a "bad word," then so be it. Quit using YouTube: go somewhere else, like Vimeo, or DailyMotion.

You can complain, if you want. No one is going to stop you, however, you should know that YouTube is a private company and by using their service, you are subject to their rules. Don't like the rules? Then, as stated before, go elsewhere. "....but my free speech!" you say. YouTube is not infringing on any of your rights: you are free to use YouTube, just as you are free to not use YouTube. If YouTube was a government entity, then yes, cry "censorship" all you want, but YouTube is not a government entity; it is a private company. There is a difference there. The owners of YouTube are well within their rights to dictate what they do and do not want on their site. Don't like it? Go somewhere else.

Should a business be discriminatory? Short answer: Yes and no. Long answer: Yes, a business has the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. No, not in hiring practices (I will not discuss this, it is illegal for an employer to refuse to hire someone if the reason for refusal falls under one of the protected classes). If a business refuses to serve gay people (for example), that is the right of the business. If they notice a drop in sales and go bankrupt and close. On the other hand, if the business notices a drop in sales, then changes its policy to serve gay people, then the business would stay afloat.

Any one with money has the power to vote with their wallet. Anyone with an internet connection has the power to vote with traffic. Don't like YouTube's new policies? Go somewhere else. If enough people did this, YouTube would either change their policies, listen to its users, or do nothing and go bankrupt. Don't like a business that is discriminating? Then don't patronize the business (unless, of course, that business is the only one of its kind in town....but you do have the internet). Vote with your wallet/traffic. Complaining about it on YouTube is like pissing in an ocean of piss: you can do it, but it won't matter and no one will care.

While complaining to a company can, on occasion, result in positive changes, sometimes

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