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How to beat Google’s censorship of YouTubers’ videos – eliminate TV shows from the results

After CNN started a campaign to ban Alex Jones from the online world, YouTube was hit with a boycott by ad agencies for promoting conspiracy videos. In response, YouTube now displays clips from TV shows in the results while videos uploaded by ordinary YouTubers have been demoted.

Recently, I was trying to find the funny video of Joe Biden posted by US president Donald Trump and found that YouTube has censored the video. In its place are numerous TV reports talking about the Trump twitter message.

If you check the results page of YouTube search, you will find a “filters” drop-down list. In this list, YouTube will allow ordering the results by “relevance” and “view count”. The default is “relevance” and by YouTube’s definition, it means TV shows are always better than videos uploaded by ordinary YouTube users. To make YouTube search work like earlier, you need to select “Video” under “Type” and “View Count” under “Sort By”.

Censored YouTube search: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=trump+trolls+biden

Uncensored YouTube search: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=trump+trolls+biden&sp=CAMSAhAB

YouTube search filter

To make this easy, I created a custom YouTube search engine XML file based on the OpenSearch standard at:

Save this file as YouTube-Search.xml and copy it to your ‘searchplugins’ directory in the Firefox profile directory.

This is not a real solution, as Google censorship is very open when it comes to Trump.

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