Video sharing platform YouTube’s termination of accounts which upload “hateful and supremacist content” and demonetization of channels that engage in “harassment” as a part of a policy update last week has widely been viewed as a purge by the platform against right-wing and conservative users.
It has been dubbed the #VoxAdpocalypse as this new YouTube policy appears to have been triggered by Vox writer Carlos Maza complaining to YouTube about conservative media personality Steven Crowder allegedly using racist and homophobic language towards Maza.
YouTube decided that although Crowder’s videos did not violate its community standards it demonetized Crowder’s channel which has 3.8 million subscribers for engaging in “harassment”.
Australian nationalist channels Shermon Burgess and Australian Meditations had their YouTube accounts terminated under YouTube’s policy against “hateful and supremacist content”.
This policy has been implement so vigorously that it is even affecting history teachers who are uploading historical footage of Adolf Hitler to YouTube for educational purposes. Apparently even knowing Hitler existed or acknowledging he existed now makes you a Nazi and a promoter of hate speech.
As a result many right wing YouTubers who have already put up with years of their videos being demonetized, removed from suggested videos by algorithm changes, and even having certain videos restricted with trigger warnings placed on them are now taking steps to move their content to video hosting platforms that promise to value free speech.
I will still upload some content to YouTube while I can, but there is no long term future for independent creators on YouTube. They want to be the new Netflix and have screwed over their user base by exploiting leftist mob outrage to grease the skids for that changeover.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) June 9, 2019
Popular right wing Australian YouTuber and media personality Daisy Counsens has backed up her YouTube channel on free speech video platform BitChute.
Almost all of my videos are available on Bitchute (use a VPN if your ISP blocks the website)https://t.co/PyN5GAx1tk
— Daisy Cousens (@DaisyCousens) June 7, 2019
But the problem for Australians is that BitChute and another free speech video platform DTube are blocked by major Australian ISPs Telstra, Optus and Vodafone for hosting the Christchurch mosque shooting video, severely limiting free speech alternatives to YouTube for Australians.
Because of the ISP blocks Shermon Burgess has chosen to restart his video blogs on Cocoscope another new free speech video hosting platform. It pledges that “you will never be deplatformed or demonetized… because of your political opinions, type of content or for not respecting vague community guidelines.
Cocoscope is currently still in beta testing but has big plans to not just be a video hosting platform but to facilitate video monetization. It allows you to financially subscribe to channels, content creators to paywall content and will soon allow creators to run advertising. Plus unlike Bitchute and DTube it allows livestreaming.
It is a non-ideological platform as although it hosts “far-right” content it also hosts degenerate content such as soft pornography. So it is totally consistent in its support for free speech.
A prominent alt-right personality who is completely deplatformed from the major social media platforms is American Christopher Cantwell. This year he was even banned from Gab for advocating gunning down leftists post the Christchurch massacre. He now livestreams his Radical Agenda show to Josh Who TV which is another alternative video sharing and livestreaming platforming.
YouTube up until the release of these updated policies had not gone as far Facebook whose policy against white nationalism and separatism had seen prominent right wing personalities Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer banned from the platform.
Shermon Burgess just days before his YouTube ban had his Facebook accounts disabled joining other prominent Australian nationalists Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and Tom Sewell in being banned from the platform.
Twitter as to this date has not had a full implemented a fully fledged purge against “hate speech” or “white supremacy” but many of the right wing personalities who had their Facebook or YouTube accounts have have had their Twitter accounts terminated. The most high profile this year has been actor James Woods and journalist Nick Monroe.
While Facebook, Twitter and YouTube enjoy virtual monopolies on social media on the internet the more they purge popular personalities because of policies against “extremism” they are only empowering their free speech competitors who are growing in popularity.