Alphabet (Google) owned YouTube banned six channels today it says violate hate speech policies. Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer, all widely identified as white supremacists, are among the newly banned channels.
Reports Julia Alexander at The Verge:
Other channels banned include American Renaissance (with its associated channel AmRen Podcasts) 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.
"We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies," a YouTube spokesperson told The Verge. "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 began cracking down on 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.