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YouTube clamps down on Tommy Robinson's channel with series of restrictions

YouTube clamps down on Tommy Robinson's channel with series of restrictions
YouTube has responded to pressure to ban Tommy Robinson by placing a series of restrictions on the anti-immigration activist’s channel, including turning comments off and making his videos undiscoverable.

The Google-owned company will place a content warning on Robinson’s videos before they play and they won’t appear as recommendations. Comments and likes are not allowed, and Robinson will also be blocked from live streaming.

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View counts also won’t appear on any of the English Defence League founder’s videos, and his channel, with over 388,000 followers, will be unable to make money from advertisements, although YouTube already suspended ads on his videos in January.

“After consulting with third-party experts, we are applying a tougher treatment to Tommy Robinson’s channel in keeping with our policies on borderline content,” a YouTube spokeswoman said.

It said that while the far-right activist’s videos aren’t illegal, it was responding to users flagging his content as potentially violating rules against hate speech and extremism.

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YouTube was pressured to ban Robinson following similar bans from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and PayPal. British MPs also called on the company to ban him.

UKIP advisor Robinson has previously railed against efforts to ban him online, saying the “corrupt media and the establishment” are trying “silence” him.

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