YouTube has permanently banned the channel of the far-right anti-immigration website VDARE for violating its hate speech guidelines.
According to a report by Right Wing Watch, VDARE has been a meeting place for white supremacists and people who oppose immigration to the US. Its founder Peter Brimelow is very popular in right-wing circles and even rubs his elbows with advisors in President Donald Trump's cabinet, according to the Washington Post. Vox described Brimelow as one of the "founding fathers" of the old right.
The site was known for its anti-immigration and racist rhetoric and for posting plays by anti-Semites, eugenicists, and prominent white nationalists, while Brimelow claimed it was not a white nationalist site.
It also promoted the idea that white people were the "racial and cultural identity of America", and Brimelow declared that "white people built America".
In 2019 YouTube discontinued and restored the VDARE channel VDARE TV. A spokesman for YouTube confirmed to Digital Trends that the ban is permanent and that VDARE is one of 25,000 channels that were recently permanently banned.
"We have strict guidelines banning hate speech on YouTube and we end any channel that repeatedly or outrageously violates these guidelines," the spokesman said in an email. "After updating our guidelines to better target the content of supremacists, we've seen a 5X increase in video distances and terminated more than 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech guidelines."
The spokesman also said the updated guidelines included new penalties for creators who repeatedly "brush up against the line," including removing the ability to make money on YouTube.
Earlier this year, YouTube also banned the channel of well-known far-right white nationalist Stephen Molyneux, the American Identity Movement, Richard Spencer, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, which was also recently banned from Twitter. Two other prominent right-wing YouTubers, Nick Fuentes and Carl Benjamin, had their channels demonized.
This is the latest example of celebrity far-right and far-right personalities whose posts have been blocked, reviewed, or their accounts banned on major social media sites. Earlier this year, Donald Trump Jr., the President's eldest son, temporarily suspended his Twitter account for frequently spreading misinformation about COVID-19. In March, Twitter put fact-check labels on President Trump's tweets for the first time, and Facebook completely removed one of Trump's posts in early August, also to spread misinformation about COVID.