Gavin McInnes, the infamous far-right internet personality who founded the Proud Boys, a violent extremist group, has been suspended from YouTube. The platform cites McInnes’ violations of YouTube’s community guidelines, particularly the glorification of violence.
McInnes announced his suspension in a Telegram message on Monday. He posted the note from YouTube, which states the reasons for his suspension as his “repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines.”
“I’m kicked off YouTube, y’all,” McInnes writes. “350k subs, 155 videos, 30m views, 15 years. I’m told they are also going after accts that feature me in any positive light.”
According to the suspension notice, YouTube has a policy against “content glorifying or inciting violence against another person or group of people.” It states:
“Content glorifying or inciting violence against another person or group of people is not allowed on YouTube. We also don’t allow any content that encourages hatred of another person or group of people.”
In 2016, McInnes founded the Proud Boys, which the FBI classifies as an “extremist group.” The Proud Boys, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a hate group, have been known to incite violence at political rallies, as well as espouse white nationalist ideology.
In a statement to the Daily Dot, a YouTube spokesperson said:
“We have strict policies that prohibit hate speech on YouTube. We terminate channels that repeatedly or egregiously violate our policies.”
YouTube isn’t the first platform to put the kibosh on McInnes’ channels. Twitter and Facebook have also banned him.
In recent months, McInnes, like several other personalities banned from mainstream platforms, moved over to Censored.TV, an alternative video streaming website that features other pundits of the far-right, such as Soph and Milo Yiannopoulos.