YouTube has placed a number of major restrictions on Tommy Robinson’s account, making his videos invisible from searches, removing his ability to make live videos, stripping his content of likes and comments, and displaying a warning before each video.
Business Insider reported that the restriction “all-but bans” Robinson from the Google-owned platform.
“Robinson won’t be able to livestream videos on his channel. His videos won’t have suggested videos, likes, or comments,” explained Business Insider. “A black slate or ‘interstitial’ will appear before each video warning viewers that the material may not be appropriate, which they will then have to click through. Robinson’s videos will be removed from YouTube’s ‘recommendations.’”
Robinson will also be unable to monetize his content on YouTube, since the company demonetized his channel earlier this year.
“After consulting with third party experts, we are applying a tougher treatment to Tommy Robinson’s channel in keeping with our policies on borderline content,” claimed a YouTube spokesman.
In 2018, Robinson was also banned from Twitter.
In January, conservative non-profit group PragerU filed its second lawsuit against Google over alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints on YouTube, and in the same month, it was revealed that Google had been downranking pro-life YouTube videos.
The far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is reportedly a “trusted flagger” for YouTube, however Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied claims that the SPLC had ever flagged a YouTube video before.