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Truthdig! - August 27, 2019

Multiple prominent white nationalist YouTube personalities lost their channels, Right Wing Watch reported Tuesday. As writer Jared Holt explains, “The move came as a shock to the white nationalist community, and now racist content creators are panicking.”

YouTube, like its fellow content sharing sites Facebook and Twitter, has struggled for years with whether, or how, to remove users’ racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and other hate-filled content. In 2017, the site updated its hate speech policies to ensure that advertiser content would not appear alongside videos that, as the YouTube blog explained, contain “gratuitously disrespectful language that shames or insults an individual or group.” It thus eliminated a revenue source for those content creators.

In 2019, YouTube once again revised its policies, “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.”

James Allsup, whom Holt calls “once one of the loudest voices peddling white supremacy on YouTube,” was among those whose channels were banned. The Eyes on The Right twitter account, which monitors white nationalists, also reported that YouTube channels for VDare, American Identity Movement and The Right Stuff were just a few of the other channels removed. ...
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