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After Twitter ban: YouTube deletes Identitarian’s channel

The video platform YouTube has blocked the spokesman for the Austrian Identitarian Movement, Martin Sellner. As Sellner announced on Monday evening, the Google-owned company stated that it had violated the terms of use, which is why its channel had been terminated. He was also not allowed to access other accounts or open new ones.

Published: July 15, 2020, 7:28 am

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    Sellner’s Twitter account had already been deleted at the end of last week. In addition, the US company blocked around 50 other people who are close to the Identity Movement (IB), as well as branches of the immigration-critical organisation. Twitter justified the step by saying that the accounts in question glorified “terrorism and violence”. The IB rejected the allegations.

    Sellner’s YouTube account was one of his platforms with the widest reach – around 140 000 subscribers. In addition, the 31-year-old runs a newsletter, a group on the messenger service Telegram and a channel on the video platform Bitchute. There, Sellner published a statement after the deletion of his YouTube account. In it, he asked his followers to save his videos and upload them to YouTube. He announced that he would take legal action against his ban.

    Sellner said that he was now in a “different phase” of his “political work”. Now his “move to the catacombs of the information war” will begin. His opponents are characterized by “totalitarian thinking”, which is why he expects to be deleted from other, smaller platforms too. “And so for us digital guerrillas and real information warriors, it means that we keep on the move and drive from one platform to the next”.

    However, it was not enough just to spread his videos about the fight against “replacement migration”, but his adherents must also be politically active in a peaceful way.

    YouTube had already blocked Sellner’s account in the summer of 2019 , but then released it again. In the past, several banks terminated his accounts, where he had received donations, for example. He was also blocked on Facebook.

    The Twitter and YouTube censorship came in the wake of the publication of a report by the “Global Project Against Hate and Extremism”. The 22-page document of the US non-governmental organization contains, among other things, “Recommendations to technology companies, especially Twitter and YouTube, to stop the dissemination of identity and other white, racist content”.

    According to the authors, Twitter and YouTube should “immediately do something to delete all similar channels”. The guidelines against “hate speech” must be implemented rigorously, but did not go far enough.

    At the end of June, the Berlin Administrative Court ruled that the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution was allowed to classify the IB as “extreme right” since the demand for the preservation of ethnocultural identity violates human dignity.

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