Author: Sean Burch
The immigration and Islam critic’s videos have been removed from YouTube’s recommendations and stripped of comments and likes
YouTube has severely restricted far-right U.K. activist Tommy Robinson’s account on Tuesday, removing his videos from its recommendations and barring him from live streaming. The Google-owned company’s decision stops just short of effectively banning Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, from its platform.
“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 spokesperson told TheWrap. His account will also be “stripped of key features” including comments and likes, the spokesperson said.
Robinson’s videos will remain on YouTube, but will be preempted by an interstitial, or warning, before playing, the spokesperson said. A YouTube search for Robinson’s channel on Tuesday morning did not pull up his account.