YouTube has reportedly banned several channels for hate speech, including those belonging to Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer.
The other cgannels that has been banned include American Renaissance and the channel for Spencer’s National Policy Institute. The channels repeatedly violated YouTube’s policies, a YouTube spokesperson said, by alleging that members of protected groups were inferior. These come alongside other violations that led to YouTube taking action.
In a statement a YouTube spokesperson:“We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies. After updating our guidelines to better address supremacist content, we saw a 5x spike in video removals and have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies.”
YouTube started taking down supremacist channels in June 2019. The company issued updated rules prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.
Channels that repeatedly brush up against this type of content but don’t cross the line will receive other penalties, including losing access to YouTube’s Partner Program and not being able to monetize their videos.
A number of the creators whose account has been suspended have already started tweeting about their bans.
Spencer tweeted that “he will appeal the suspension and called the ban a systemic, coordinated effort.”
While Molyneux tweeted that “YouTube just suspended the largest philosophy conversation the world has ever known.”