YouTube has suspended the account of a TV evangelist and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, TB Joshua over allegations of “hate speech”.
The channel, which had more than 1.8 million subscribers, has to close down on 12 April
This is consequent upon after a UK-based openDemocracy filed a complaint after reviewing seven videos on the YouTube channel
A review which apparently covers between 2016 and 2020, which show the preacher conducting prayers to “cure” gay people.
A YouTube spokesperson shares reasons for their actions to openDemocracy
In his speech, he emphasized that “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit hate speech and we remove flagged videos and comments that violate these policies. In this case we have terminated the channel”.
YouTube says it “prohibits content which alleges that someone is mentally ill, diseased, or inferior because of their membership in a protected group including sexual orientation”.
Facebooks Actions-YouTube Shuts TB Joshua’s
The Facebook page, TB Joshua Ministries, which has more than 5.6 million followers has also removed a number of content
These contents violated these policies” unlike YouTube, which terminated the entire channel.
“We don’t allow attacks against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,
including content promoting conversion therapy services,” said a Facebook company spokesperson.
“We take attacks on the LGBT+ community incredibly seriously and encourage people to report this kind of content”
Facebook’s hate speech policy “prohibits attacks against people based on their protected characteristics, which include sexual orientation and gender identity”. This includes “content promoting conversion therapy services which aim to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity”.
In reaction to the video streaming platforms’s actions to it’s channel, the TB Joshua Ministries Facebook account however said:
“We appreciate the long and fruitful relationship with YouTube and believe this decision was rather hasty.”