YouTube reportedly banned popular far-right users such as David Duke and Richard Spencer on Tuesday after saying the users violated policies.
Richard Spencer and David Duke are bigger names, but YouTube banning Stefan Molyneux is a big, big deal. He had 300 million lifetime views (!), and was the first step down the alt-right rabbit hole for a lot of young men, including Caleb Cain. https://t.co/7UojMUuwWR
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) June 29, 2020
“We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies,” a YouTube representative said to The Guardian. YouTube updated its policy guidelines June 5. (RELATED: Oklahoma Man Shoots Woman For Trying To Steal His Nazi Flag)
The guidelines focus on videos that suggest the supremacy of one group over others and attempt to reduce the amount of misinformation on the platform.
“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,” the spokesperson told The Guardian.
The company is saying that Duke, Spencer and blogger Stefan Molyneux were banned due to