I read both 1984 and Animal Farm as ‘home readers’ way back in school; we had a couple of broad-minded English teachers.
You are right to point out the technical difference between censorship and what Google are about. And I do hesitate before posting videos and external links because I am aware of the impression that gives — the idea that someone else is doing my thinking for me. But in reality, others influence our thinking all the time. If they did not, how would any of us know anything of the world outside our own tiny corner of reality? So I tend to post stuff that seems credible to me, but that the MSM ignores. In this case, I have not heard that Google are doing this sort of stuff anywhere in the MSM — not that I look at it anyway. But it seems very real, given many YouTubers (owned by Google’s parent company of course) are complaining of being pushed into the shadows. And there also seems to be a political coloration to the content they target.
Your comments raise an important question: what is actually wrong with censorship? The answer to that is surely that it stifles expression and seeks to control what people think. So, albeit what Google and many other hi-tech companies are about is maybe not technically censorship — although some of it definitely is — it comes down to a different means to further the same agenda. In fact, it is arguably even more insidious, as it avoids the accusation of censorship. Note how it has you saying it is not censorship in a sort of defense of what they are about. I would say the distinction is fairly academic; the goal remains to control what people see and what they think.
Mind colonization goes right back to ancient times and maybe first surfaced within religion — having morphed continually, but probably grown in subtlety to produce what we see nowadays. You and I are close to criticizing each other for being part of it in our different ways. It is very hard if not impossible to stand wholly outside it, and none of us can see it without dipping our toe in the water. But is it not better to call it out wholesale, rather than to bicker about the technicalities?