Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Youtube taking down White Supremacist Channels

YouTube has taken down the channels of Richard Spencer, Stefan Molyneux, KKK leader David Duke and at least three others. This comes a week after social media giant Twitter removed the accounts of Katie Hopkins for "abuse and hate" and Graham Linehan for transphobia.

While some have expressed concern about an attack on freedom of speech, YouTube has clear guidelines on racism, and claiming one race is inferior to another is strictly forbidden. This is not a freedom of speech issue but a freedom of platform issue. If you walked into a pub and started screaming about white supremacy, you'd be asked to leave and probably arrested.

It's absolutely essential that social media platforms allow a diverse range of opinions, but exceptions must be made for ideologies as extreme as white supremacy. As a father of black children, I don't want them growing up in a world where they can see people telling them they are born inferior. I therefore commend YouTube for taking this action.

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