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YouTube bans Richard Spencer, David Duke and Stefan Molyneux for hate speech

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YouTube is the latest social media site to take a stand against hate speech.

The video platform banned several well-known white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Richard Spencer, David Duke and Stefan Molyneux.

The Google-owned site updated its policy last year to include a ban on videos ‘alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination’ and all three individuals were found to have violated the rule.

Altogether YouTube has deleted six channels, including Spencer’s National Policy Institute/Radix Journal and Molyneux’s AmRen Podcast.

YouTube is the second social media platform to ban hate from its site Monday, as Reddit shutdown a forum for supports of Donald Trump and Twitch temporarily banned the president’s channel over its hateful content policy.

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YouTube banned several well-known white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Richard Spencer (pictured), David Duke and Stefan Molyneux.  Spencer¿s National Policy Institute has been said to be a white supremacist think tank for those in the alt-right

YouTube banned several well-known white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Richard Spencer (pictured), David Duke and Stefan Molyneux.  Spencer’s National Policy Institute has been said to be a white supremacist think tank for those in the alt-right

A YouTube spokesperson said in a statement told The Verge: ‘We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to YouTube for comment and has yet to receive a response. 

All three of the individuals have been recognized for their radical right, neo-Nazi views.

Duke is a longtime Ku Klux Klan leader and is an outspoken Holocaust denier who won election to Louisiana’s House of Representatives, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

David Duke is a longtime Ku Klux Klan leader and is an outspoken Holocaust denier who won election to Louisiana¿s House of Representatives

Stefan Molyneux is a Canadian YouTuber who identifies as far-right and speaks of white nationalism during his podcasts

David Duke (left) is a longtime Ku Klux Klan leader and is an outspoken Holocaust denier who won election to Louisiana’s House of Representatives.  Stefan Molyneux (right) is a Canadian YouTuber who identifies as far-right and speaks of white nationalism during his podcasts

Spencer, who is identified as a new-Nazi with having anti-Semitic views and was an activist on behalf of the alt-right movement in 2017 and 2017.

His channel, Spencer’s National Policy Institute, has been said to be a white supremacist think tank for those in the alt-right. 

His channel was AmRen Podcast and linked to the white supremacist publication.

YouTube starting banning such channels and content from the platform in 2019.

The firm said it was taking further steps to eliminate videos that promote violence and extremism, such as Nazi glorification and white supremacy.

It also removed hoax videos that attempt to debunk known tragedies, like the Sandy Hook shooting and the Holocaust.

Reddit said Monday that it had shut down a forum for supporters of Donald Trump amid an overhaul of its content policies. Reddit said The_Donald community was banned for violating three of the site's rules

Reddit said Monday that it had shut down a forum for supporters of Donald Trump amid an overhaul of its content policies. Reddit said The_Donald community was banned for violating three of the site’s rules

Also on Monday, Twitch said it had temporarily banned Trump's channel over its hateful conduct policy. The notification above pops up in the search for Trump's channel

Also on Monday, Twitch said it had temporarily banned Trump’s channel over its hateful conduct policy. The notification above pops up in the search for Trump’s channel

‘Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically 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,’ the company wrote in 2019 post on its site.

YouTube removing a number of white supremacist channels from the platform comes on the same day Twitch temporarily banned President Donald and Reddit shutdown a forum of supporters for the president.

The list included The_Donald and the left-wing forum ChapoTrapHouse. The_Donald forum housed more than 790,000 users who share content in support of Trump. The ChapoTrapHouse has more than 160,000 users.

‘All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity,’ Chief executive Steve Huffman said in a post on the site.

Twitch said it had temporarily banned Trump’s channel over its hateful conduct policy.

‘Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed,’ a Twitch spokeswoman said,

One of the streams identified by the spokeswoman was a rebroadcast of a 2016 Trump rally in which the president said Mexico was sending rapists to the US.

Numerous companies are pausing social-media spending for the Stop Hate for Profit campaign

The Stop Hate for Profit campaign was launched by civil rights groups after the death of George Floyd in police custody triggered widespread protests against racial discrimination in the US. 

In addition to Starbucks, Verizon, Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s, the following companies will pause advertising on social media platforms:

Coca-Cola Co

The beverage maker will pause paid advertising on all social media platforms globally for at least 30 days, Chief Executive Officer James Quincey said in a statement. 

Lululemon Athletica

‘We will be pausing paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram,’ the company said. 

Levi Strauss & Co

‘We and Dockers are joining the #StopHateForProfit campaign and pausing all ads on Facebook and Instagram,’ the apparel company said.

Diageo Plc

The world’s largest spirits maker will pause all paid advertising globally on major social media platforms.

The North Face

The outdoor brand, a unit of VF Corp, said it would pull out of all Facebook-owned platforms.

‘We’re in. We’re Out @Facebook.’

Eddie Bauer

“In support of the ‘#StopHateforProfit’ initiative, Eddie Bauer will suspend all paid ads on Facebook and Instagram through the end of July, effective immediately,” the clothing store chain said in a tweet. (https://bit.ly/2Yso440)

Goodby Silverstein

‘We will join #StopHate4Profit and stop posting on Facebook for the month of July,’ the advertising agency said.

Magnolia Pictures

The film distributor and studio became the first Hollywood company to join the movement. The company said in a tweet it would stop advertising on Facebook and Instagram, starting immediately, through at least the end of July. 

Patagonia

‘We will pull all ads on Facebook and Instagram, effective immediately, through at least the end of July, pending meaningful action from the social media giant,’ the outdoor apparel brand said.

Rakuten Viber

‘Viber will remove all Facebook-related contact points from our app including Facebook Connect, Facebook SDK, and GIPHY, as well as cease all ad spending on Facebook,’ Djamel Agaoua, chief executive officer of the messaging app company, said in a statement on Twitter. 

Recreational Equipment

‘For 82 years, we have put people over profits. We’re pulling all Facebook/Instagram advertising for the month of July,’ REI tweeted.



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