A channel that posted historical archive footage was banned by YouTube for promoting “hate” before being restored after a backlash.
The channel, Regionaal Archief Alkmaar, mainly hosts videos from the 1920s to the 1950s, including footage of the German Army and clips of Adolf Hitler speeches. It is a historical archive and in no way endorses Nazism.
“We wanted to show you some nice historical film footage on #IAD19, but @youtube deleted our complete channel, calling us ‘hatemongers’ for showing #WW2 footage. They still have not giving our channel back or replied to our questions,” the channel owner tweeted.
We wanted to show you some nice historical film footage on #IAD19, but @youtube deleted our complete channel, calling us ‘hatemongers’ for showing #WW2 footage. They still have not giving our channel back or replied to our questions. PLEASE RT #archives #education #HELP
— Archief Alkmaar e.o. (@ArchiefAlkmaar) June 9, 2019
The channel was subsequently restored after the tweet went viral.
Our @YouTube channel is back! We’re soo happy! Thank you all for helping us. >2k retweets and likes. Shame our the thumbnails are gone so our channels looks a bit strange. Wel’ll be working on that. Enjoy this clip of children playing outside in 1937 https://t.co/5VJgxPYawa 1/3
— Archief Alkmaar e.o. (@ArchiefAlkmaar) June 10, 2019
Following YouTube’s announcement that it would be deleting content that promotes Nazism and white supremacy, multiple teachers complained that their educational videos about the Nazi era and Hitler had been removed.
Deleting evidence of the horrors of Nazism to own the Nazis. Brilliant, YouTube, just brilliant.
YouTube is deleting thousands of channels with videos of Nazi history. But now multiple teachers are complaining that videos uploaded to educate people have been deleted. https://t.co/5EwezoBwGd
— MIT Technology Review (@techreview) June 7, 2019
The announcement was a reaction to Vox’s attempts to get Steven Crowder deplatformed because the comedian insulted gay commentator Carlos Maza.
Typical of the company’s policy of attempting to kill a fly with a flamethrower, YouTube’s response, later dubbed the #VoxAdPocalypse, led to the demonetization and removal of numerous channels, some of which weren’t even political or right-wing.
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