We have to note that Michael Moore’s film Planet of the Humans is now gone from YouTube because a photographer who hated it with a characteristically modern mindless vulgarity objected that it contained four seconds of copyrighted material. Enough for YouTube, which apparently hasn’t heard of the “fair use” doctrine. OK. It has. But it only applies to its friends.
Censoring the Internet is tricky if you’re not Xi Jinping. And we concede that for all its prominence and influence, YouTube is not a public amenity and the removal is not censorship. It is a private firm and it can post or not post what it likes (subject obviously to legal rules about fraud, incitement to violence etc. including real rules about copyright). Possibly the majority of its clients will think more highly of it for finding an excuse to remove Moore’s film.
Planet of the Humans is apparently on Vimeo at least for now. How that decision will play out remains to be seen. But there is a certain unseemly glee with which the greens are seeking not to rebut but to cancel Moore.