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YouTube removes Richard Spencer and David Duke a year after saying it would ban supremacists

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

In June 2019, YouTube announced it would ban supremacist content. Even so, it did nothing to accounts belonging to some of the most prominent among that group, including white supremacist Richard Spencer and former KKK leader David Duke.

Overall, YouTube took action on six high-profile white supremacist channels on Monday, including Stefan Molyneux, American Renaissance and Spencer's National Policy Institute.

"We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies.

After updating our guidelines to better address supremacist content, we saw a 5x spike in video removals and have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business.

When asked by CNN Business why it took so long to take action on these accounts, a YouTube spokesperson said when channels accrue enough violations, it takes them down.

Even with Monday's actions, YouTube continues to play whack-a-mole with an account it had previously removed three times.

Last year, CNN Business found that one Nazi channel YouTube had deleted before was back up and making no attempt to hide itself or its connection to its previously banned accounts.

On Monday, CNN flagged a new account belonging to Ruhe, which YouTube then took down.

A YouTube spokesperson said you can't open another account if your first one was terminated.

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