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Susan sat down with Molly Burke to receive a Free Expression Award from the Freedom Forum Institute and discuss YouTube’s commitment to responsibly protecting our community while also providing a space for free expression.
Molly Burke: I’m so excited to be here tonight to present Susan Wojcicki with the Free Expression Award. As the CEO of YouTube, Susan is facing some of the most critical issues around free expression today. When billions of people are on your platform every day, how do you make sure that everybody has a voice, but also feels safe? And how do you do that across the versions of YouTube that exist in a hundred different countries and 80 different languages? These questions are important to me because YouTube is where I found my voice. You might not be able to tell by looking at me, but I’m blind. I lost the majority of my vision when I was 14. And that year, it felt like my life was falling apart until I found a group of girls, online, who loved beauty and fashion as much as I do. When I no longer had friends in real life to turn to, I found these online creators to turn to, and they felt like my friends. I knew that one day I wanted to be able to build that same sense of community for other people around the world who felt like they didn’t fit in. And six years ago, that’s what I did. Now, every single day, I get to share my story and advocate for a world that’s more accessible for everyone. YouTube gave me that opportunity. And every day YouTube gives people the opportunity to express themselves and the freedom to feel like they have somewhere that they belong. The freedom that YouTube gave me is so important to me, and I’m so grateful. And that’s why I feel honored to introduce to you Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube. She’s been called one of the most powerful women in technology today, but for creators around the world, we just know her as Susan.
Susan, I’m so honored to be able to present you tonight with a Free Expression Award for your incredible leadership with YouTube. And I just want to say thank you for all the work that you’ve done to empower people around the world to share their story. And I’m thrilled to be able to ask you some questions about your perspective on free expression.
Susan Wojcicki: Thank you, Molly. Thank you so much for being here and joining me here tonight.