Youtube Search For Elon Musk Video Displays Mainstream Media First
Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk smoked a marijuana joint on Joe Rogan’s podcast show. The incident drew further condemnation from Tesla investors and ignited yet another furious public relations storm for the embattled CEO.
Technically, Musk did nothing illegal, but that didn’t stop the video from becoming one of the most viewed and searched of the week.
However, what were people searching Youtube finding when they searched for the Musk/Rogan podcast video? Joe Rogan’s Youtube channel has more than 3 million followers so it would make sense that the video’s origin channel be the top listing in the Youtube search, right?
Instead, those searching Youtube for the Elon Musk pot smoking video were shown results featuring CNN, MSNBC, and even Fox News as the first sources. All of those networks had their take over the matter, whether it be morally objectional or painting Musk as a financially irresponsible CEO.
Why not allow the general public to watch the original source of the video and decide for themselves?
Maybe because Musk otherwise had an intelligent discussion with Rogan, something left out of the mainstream media clips.
A user on Facebook pointed out the faulty Youtube search experience.
While this may not seem like an important matter, the fact is, this is just another form of censorship. Youtube’s algorithm, whether by way of strategic intention or faulty application, decided that it would be better to get CNN’s take on the Musk incident before seeing the original content.
A person exposed to the original Musk – Rogan content sans mainstream media influence would certainly have come to their own opinions over the matter.
Yesterday’s Weather Channel Hurricane Florence fake video is as much evidence as we need that we are constantly being duped by major media and tech conglomerates.
The future is grim in terms of free speech unless competitive platforms rise up and challenge big tech. It is now undeniably clear the direction these technology companies are headed.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.