It will be recalled that the YouTube channel of TB Joshua was suspended. This comes after some videos he allegedly shared on the platform were considered inappropriate and against the rules of YouTube.
It was indicated that between 2016 and January 2020, the channel posted at least seven clips showing the charismatic Christian televangelist engaging in violent exorcism to ‘deliver gay and lesbian members of his church of their sexual orientation by casting out the demon of homosexuality.
YouTube on Wednesday has broken its silence and explained for the first time the reason why the channel of TB Joshua which had millions of followers was suspended. The Emmanuel TV YouTube channel had over 1.8 million subscribers and 600,000,000 views when it was pulled down by YouTube.
In their own article titled “YouTube closes African channel promoting televangelist’s violence conversion therapy, they disclosed that the channel was closed down “in response to our inquiries about TB Joshua’s controversial exorcisms”.
In a statement, Ivy Choi, a YouTube spokesperson, told Today News Africa that the channel was terminated for “repeatedly violating our hate speech policy.”
“In accordance with our long-standing three-strikes system, we terminated the channel The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) for repeatedly violating our hate speech policy,” Ms. Choi wrote in her statement. “Our Community Guidelines clearly prohibit content promoting violence or hatred against protected groups based on attributes such as sexual orientation. We enforce this policy consistently, regardless of speaker, nationality, or religious affiliation.”