- YouTube’s chose to “permanently” deplatform Right Wing Watch, one of the Internet’s oldest watchdogs of right wing extremism, by mistake apparently.
- “’Right Wing Watch’s YouTube channel was mistakenly suspended, but upon further review, has now been reinstated,'” a YouTube spokesperson said on Monday.”
- The same original videos from the right wing extremists remained live and active on YouTube while it took down the channel that worked to expose them.
David Badash from Rawstory writes:
“In a nutshell that’s YouTube’s argument for why it chose to “permanently” deplatform – ban for life – Right Wing Watch, one of the Internet’s oldest watchdogs of right wing extremism, right wing violent rhetoric, right wing disinformation, right wing conspiracy theories, and right wing hate.
On Monday The Daily Beast reported that Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way (PFAW), had been banned from YouTube, after having received two warnings, for supposedly violating its community guidelines. Right Wing Watch, which NCRM has used as a source for more than a decade, and whose reports we occasionally republish, documents the remarks made by far right wing extremists, including Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, a pastor who says “God is coming to save America” from drag queens, a Christian nationalist “Pennsylvania state senator and promoter of former President Donald Trump’s false stolen-election claims,” and of course, countless inane remarks from Pat Robertson.
“’Right Wing Watch’s YouTube channel was mistakenly suspended, but upon further review, has now been reinstated,'” a YouTube spokesperson told The Daily Beast on Monday afternoon.”
As The Daily Beast noted, many of the same clips from the right wing extremists remain live and active on YouTube while the Google-owned video platform deplatformed the organization working to expose them.
Right Wing Watch had posted this statement on Twitter:
‘Our efforts to expose the bigoted view and dangerous conspiracy theories spread by right-wing activists has now resulted in @YouTube banning our channel and removing thousands of our videos. We attempted to appeal this decision, and YouTube rejected it.’
The response was massive, fueled by The Daily Beast’s reporting.
In one fell swoop YouTube managed to thrill right wing activists and their supporters, and enrage many left- and center-leaning Americans…”
See full story here.