YouTube Has Removed Steve Bannon’s War Room Channel
The last few days have been devastating for alt-right figures on social media. A number of prominent figures who both spread disinformation and support Donald Trump have been removed from Twitter and Facebook. The most notable of these was the President himself who has been left without his beloved Twitter account.
Steve Bannon was the architect of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. While he did not last long in the White House, he remained a prominent supporter of the President. On his YouTube channel, he regularly platformed conspiracy theorists and called for violence. Bannon will no longer be able to do as YouTube as removed the channel.
The company said in a statement:
“In accordance with our strikes system, we have terminated Steve Bannon’s channel ‘War Room’ and one associated channel for repeatedly violating our community guidelines. As we said yesterday, any channel posting new videos with misleading content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election in violation of our policies will receive a strike, a penalty which temporarily restricts uploading or live-streaming. Channels that receive three strikes in the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube.”
Steve Bannon calls for Dr. Fauci and FBI Director Wray to be beheaded "as a warning to federal bureaucrats"@youtube prohibits "inciting others to commit violent acts against individuals"
— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) November 5, 2020
On multiple occasions, Bannon made calls for violence on his channel. The most notable of these calls was when he said of Dr. Anthony Fauci, “Second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci. I actually want to go a step farther but I realize the president is a kindhearted man and a good man. I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England. I’d put the heads on pikes, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House, as a warning to Federal beaurocrats. Either get with the program or you’re gone.”