After amassing more than 30 million views on the platform, political commentator Gavin McInnes has been permanently banned from YouTube.
McInnes’ channel had over 376,000 YouTube subscribers and had been uploading to the platform for more than 15 years.
Before being banned, Mcinnes had been uploading clips from Get Off My Lawn, a political talk show where he covers the days’ events, to his YouTube channel.
YouTube wrote that McInnes was banned for “glorifying or inciting violence against another person or group of people” and “creating content that encourages hatred of another person or group of people.”
However, Censored.TV, a subscription platform where McInnes and other personalities host their own shows, responded to YouTube’s claims by stating: “This is only true to those living in clown world.”
Censored.TV claims that the banning of McInnes is part of a multi-year effort from Big Tech to deplatform him because he founded the Proud Boys, a group that describes itself as a pro-Western fraternal organization, and because of his defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Censored.TV also cited a recent McInnes video criticizing the SPLC in its post about his ban.
Days before McInnes was banned by YouTube, several creators, including meme artist Carpe Donktum, reported that their content featuring McInnes was taken down from other Big Tech platforms.
For several years, Facebook has also aggressively scrubbed content that is posted by other users and features McInnes from its platform.
In a recent motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit, Facebook even cited appearing with McInnes as a contributing factor for banning congressional candidate Laura Loomer and labeling her “dangerous.”