Briefing

YouTube bans prominent far-right users, including Stefan Molyneux

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The video platform said it has banned more than 25,000 channels overall after updating its guidelines against hate speech, including those belonging to Mississauga, Ont.-based Molyneux, as well as David Duke and Richard Spencer. YouTube said the channels repeatedly violated its policy against claiming that minority groups are “inferior.” (The Guardian)

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Talking point: YouTube officially banned supremacist content in June 2019; it claims its updated guidelines resulted in a fivefold increase in video removals. These recent bans come as other social networks are trying to clean up their platforms amid a broader reckoning over racial inequality. Reddit banned a number of high-profile and controversial subreddits Monday, including r/The_Donald, and Twitch temporarily banned U.S. President Donald Trump for hateful conduct over comments made in two different streams. As we prepared to send this newsletter, Facebook announced it would ban accounts and pages linked to the “boogaloo” movement, which is anti-government and has encouraged violence. YouTube has faced pressure from critics for years to remove Molyneux; his channel had amassed over 900,000 subscribers. Molyneux disputed his ban on Twitter, saying the platform “just suspended the largest philosophy conversation the world has ever known.” He has since also been removed from SoundCloud and Twitch.