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YouTube is letting a group fundraise off a video that tells parents to reject their trans kids

YouTube is letting a group fundraise off a video that tells parents to reject their trans kids
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Prager University is not an actual institution of higher learning. Quite the contrary, it’s a rightwing propaganda outfit that spreads far-right misinformation online.

But in an especially egregious violation of their own terms of service, YouTube is allowing the group to fundraise off of a video that tells parents to reject their transgender kids because the children have been brainwashed by social media.

Related: YouTubers say they have proof that the platform blocks LGBTQ content

The five-minute video features anti-trans author Abigail Shrier and runs through a litany of bogus facts cherrypicked to fit her assertions. Some of the “statistics” and statements she makes are verifiably false.

Shrier testified as a Republican “expert” during a Senate committee hearing on the Equality Act, landmark civil rights legislation for LGBTQ people. Her testimony deliberately used incorrect pronouns and demeaning language to oppose the bill.

The video focuses on youth – while referring to them as “children” to make them seem younger. It particularly focuses on trans boys, describing them as “girls” to reinforce the conservative ethos that women should be protected from nefarious forces who want to violate their bodies.

“Ten years ago, it was unlikely that you knew someone who identified as transgender. Today, it’s unlikely that you don’t know someone who identifies as transgender. This is especially true of teenage girls,” the video’s description reads, saying that Shrier “analyzes this disturbing trend and its implications.”

The video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times as of publication.

Not far above the description is the notice that the video is part of a fundraising push by the group. The sidebar shows Prager U has raised almost $53,000 from the solicitation that denigrates “troubled girls” who “buy into the fantasy that gender transition is the answer.”

While the site has previously removed the group’s videos and Prager U promotes that fact as “proof” of how dangerous and truthful they are, this one has so far been allowed to remain. YouTube’s giving program rules require that content providers follow the site’s Terms of Service that supposedly protects transgender people from untrue and denigrating “explainers” like this one.

Twitter and Facebook have similar restrictions on anti-transgender content posted to their sites. The video was tweeted by Prager U and remains online at publication. The video was also posted to their Facebook page without repercussion.

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