YouTube Temporarily Suspends Ajit Pai’s Net Neutrality PSA

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YouTube temporarily took down a meme-filled video uploaded by the Daily Caller and featuring controversial FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defending the repeal of net neutrality, claiming that the move came in response to a copyright claim for the “Harlem Shake” song.

The video, titled “PSA from Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai,” sees the Trump appointee list off all the things that people will still be able to do after Title II was overturned – which, he insists, is everything that people could do before the repeal.

To drive home his point, Pai dresses up as Santa, poses with lightsabers and fidget spinners, shows off his “Game of Thrones” fandom, and even takes us back a few years with a classic “Harlem Shake” gag.

YouTube users almost universally rejected the video, inundating it with over 150,000 dislikes and filling the comment section with angst. But for a few hours, it appeared that YouTube itself was so unenthused with the PSA that it took it down from the platform altogether.

As it turns out, though, “Harlem Shake” creator Baauer – real name Harry Rodrigues — was singlehandedly responsible for getting the video flagged for removal in protest to the attack on net neutrality.

“The use of my song in this video obviously comes as a surprise to me as it was just brought to my attention. I want to be clear that it was used completely without my consent or council. My team and I are currently exploring every single avenue available to get it taken down,” Baauer said in a statement. “I support net neutrality like the vast majority of this country and am appalled to be associated with its repeal in anyway.”

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