Streaming service Twitch suspended President Donald Trump’s campaign account on the same day YouTube removed a myriad of right-wing content creators.
While Twitch didn’t cite any specific incident pertaining to the president himself, the platform simply justified its actions by saying the forum was guilty of “hate speech.”
“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch,” a Twitch spokesperson told Mediate. “In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed.”
On the same day, Reddit took down hundreds of “subreddits” including the largest forum for Trump supporters on the internet, appropriately named “The_Donald”. The subreddit was already under “quarantine”, meaning that those who were not already subscribed to the community were unable to do so. The forum had been inactive for several months by the time it was removed. Moderators created a new site (thedonald.win) for community members to post and comment on.
The channels purged from YouTube appear to have little to do with one another other than saying positive things about the president. Figures who have seen their videos removed include actual white supremacists like David Duke and Richard Spencer — as well as right-leaning libertarian philosopher Stefan Molyneux.
Molyneux had been active on YouTube since 2006, hosting a philosophy talkshow that occasionally featured interviews with other content creators. A self-described “anarcho-capitalist”, he has long advocated for a stateless society based on free market principles. He is also a prominent figure in the “peaceful parenting” movement, which encourages individuals to stop spanking their children. His account had almost 300 million views, and almost 1 million subscribers.
Spencer and Duke, on the other hand, put out very different content. They push for full-on white separatism — the idea that White Americans need a state for themselves that excludes all other races. How they ended up in the same category as someone like Molyneux is anyone’s guess.
Well, it isn’t really a mystery. Those who have been following YouTube’s disturbing application of its terms of service (TOS) are likely shocked it took this long for the platform to do something like this. Molyneux, according to YouTube, was removed from the platform for allegedly advocating violence. However, the site has provided no evidence of the content creator doing so. This is obviously more explainable by political bias. It also doesn’t seem like an accident that all these accounts were taken down on the same day.
Fans of the channel have been encouraged to tweet at YouTube (@TeamYouTube) to implore them for clarification.
All of this underscores the dire need for alternatives to sites like YouTube. These services are all owned and operated by a cabal of leftists located in Silicon Valley. Their agenda and bias are painfully clear.