A slew of major far-right video personalities just lost their online home.
On Monday, YouTube banned a half dozen white nationalist channels from its platform for continually violating its policies. The accounts belonged to a range of far-right groups and personalities.
“We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies,” said a YouTube spokesperson. “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.”
According to YouTube, the six channels that were removed repeatedly violated its by uploading hate-filled content targeting people of protected groups. In addition, these channels used their accounts to link to hateful content off the video platform, which is also against YouTube policy.
The biggest channel hit with a ban today belonged to . The Canadian white nationalist had been on the platform for more than a decade, amassing nearly one million subscribers. Earlier this year, YouTube had Molyneux’s channel for violating its hate and harassment policies.
The now-former YouTuber started his channel as a libertarian commentator but had increasingly shifted into more toxic communities, such as the men’s rights movement. In recent years, he more openly espoused his white supremacist ideologies. Molyneux has even been accused of running a by family and friends of his fanbase.
, who coined the term alt-right and starred in one of 2017’s when a protester punched him in the face at Trump’s inauguration, saw his channel banned as well on Monday. The “Radix” YouTube channel for Spencer’s National Policy Institute organization was also removed from the platform.
YouTube updated its hate speech to limit white supremacist content just over a year ago. The updated rules prohibited 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.” These policies immediately banned content, such as videos denying that the Holocaust occurred, from the platform.
These YouTube bans come on the same day Reddit thousands of subreddit groups, including the r/The_Donald, for violating its new hate speech policy. Twitch also temporarily Donald Trump’s official channel today for breaking its “hateful conduct” rules.
The actions taken against hate speech across multiple separate social media platforms was reminiscent of when right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was in the summer of 2018. , , , and a host of other tech companies banned Jones and his Infowars accounts from their respective services for consistently violating hate-speech rules.