YouTube has blocked the channel of the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and another half a dozen and half a dozen racist channels promoting white superiority – written by and Guardian.
According to YouTube, David Duke, Stefan Molyneux, who defines himself as a libertarian, and Richard Spencer, an alt-rightos, have routinely violated the principles by which video channels can operate, with their hate speech.
The company has been accused in the past of giving way to hate speech – if they did not incite specific violence, which in turn provides ample scope for disseminating ultra-extreme views – so last year it drafted guidelines to ban channels. True, there has been an example of this before: in 2018, the personal page of the container pope Alex Jones and the Infowars connected to him became inaccessible.
However, the Guardian said the blocking still took a long time, and there are some who, after being blocked, can still upload videos that remained available to their previous subscribers, so spreading extreme views isn’t effectively effectively prevented. Such is the anti-Muslim Tommy Robinson, originally banned on Facebook – originally known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – who was sentenced by a London court to 9 months in prison last year.
Shortly before YouTube’s decision, Reddit and Twitch also suspended several hateful channels, including the official channel of U.S. President Donald Trump.
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