How do you make everyone mad at once? Make fun of both the 9/11 truther movement and efforts to counter their movement. YouTube is at the forefront of both sides of the debate because of all the videos that have been made over the last decade and a half about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On one hand, you have plenty of truther videos pointing out discrepancies between the official account and the conspiracy theories surrounding that account. On the other hand, you have YouTube itself placing what can only be described as “fact check” additions to any video that may or may not be trying to spread a 9/11 conspiracy.
Sometimes, they take it too far.
The image below shows one of the ways YouTube tries to counter the truther movement. They attach an article from Encyclopedia Britannica that debunks claims of a conspiracy other than the terrorist conspiracy that’s part of the official account. The video I was watching had nothing to do the September 11 attacks. It was about Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible and the inspiration behind one of my favorite ministries, 119 Ministries.
Why would YouTube put this fact check on this video? Then, it occurred to me.
YouTube is so funny. I'm watching a video on Psalm 119 and a "fact check" box pops up under it from Encyclopedia Britannica about the September 11 terrorist attacks. Wondered why, then realized 119 backwards… oh. The anti-truther movement is just as crazy as Alex Jones.
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) January 15, 2019
To be clear, I definitely think the official story being told about 9/11 is so full of holes, it’s no wonder people believe “9/11 was an inside job.” Unfortunately, both sides of the debate have fallen short, in my opinion, of presenting clear evidence that their stance is correct. What happened and who made it happen will be debated for decades at least.
YouTube and others have tried to insert their own perspectives into their platforms in order to “protect” us against misinformation. This isn’t their job and makes their platforms more editorialized internally than they admit.