Now, amid a flurry of similar actions by social media companies, it has finally shut down their channels. Overall, YouTube took action on six high-profile white supremacist channels on Monday, including Stefan Molyneux, American Renaissance and Spencer’s National Policy Institute.
“We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies. After updating our guidelines to better address supremacist content, we saw a 5x spike in video removals and have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business.
YouTube said the channels repeatedly violated its rules by claiming that members of protected groups were innately inferior to others, as well as other violations.
When asked by CNN Business why it took so long to take action on these accounts, a YouTube spokesperson said when channels accrue enough violations, it takes them down. The spokesperson would not provide specific examples from accounts or elaborate further on why it took action now.
Even with Monday’s actions, YouTube continues to play whack-a-mole with an account it had previously removed three times.
On Monday, CNN flagged a new account belonging to Ruhe, which YouTube then took down. A YouTube spokesperson said you can’t open another account if your first one was terminated. Ruhe’s latest channel had amassed over 38,000 views before being terminated. It was created in August 2019.