Web Only
January 23, 2013

Irish Catholic group in spotlight over censorship row

YouTube temporarily closes The Iona Institute's account, stirring debate over restrictions online.
Image via The Iona Institute on YouTube
Image via The Iona Institute on YouTube.

The YouTube account of a conservative Irish Catholic think-tank was suspended on Tuesday, only to be restored later that day, stirring debate over freedom of expression and YouTube's role in possible censorship.

The Iona Institute released a YouTube video in mid-December arguing that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. The video emphasizes that an opposite-sex couple is the foundation of family life and most suitable for raising children. It further claims that while gay couples should receive legal recognition, hindering them from being married is not discrimination because "different situations should be treated differently". Google, however, claims the account was closed "due to repeated or severe violations of our terms of service".