YouTube Removes Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam Channel

YouTube Removes Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam Channel

October 7, 2020

Citing its policies against hate speech, YouTube finally has removed the channel of the Nation of Islam, the organization led by anti-Semitic firebrand Louis Farrakhan.

“We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies,” YouTube declared in a statement. “After updating our guidelines last year to better address content that spreads hateful conspiracy theories, we saw a 5x spike in video removals and have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies.”

The NOI channel was removed for advancing a claim that members of a protected group are part of an evil conspiracy theory, the Jewish Journal reported. Farrakhan has in the past praised Hitler, described Jews as “termites,” members of the “Synagogue of Satan” and claimed Jesus called Jews “the children of the devil.”

The American Jewish Congress praised YouTube for removing the channel, saying it was used “as a megaphone for [Farrakhan’s] anti-Semitic and homophobic outbursts.”

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