BRITISH MPs have forced YouTube to restrict right-wing Activist Tommy Robinson from live-streaming to his more than 300,000 followers on the video-sharing site, according to sources.
YouTube has reportedly placed several restrictions on Mr Robinson’s YouTube account, that will greatly reduce his ability to reach a wide audience.
His videos on the site will be removed from search results and his videos will no longer show stats such as views and likes.
The latest move by Silicon Valley to interfere in British democracy comes just weeks after the activist was banned from Facebook, where his page had over one million likes, making him one of Britain’s most popular political figures on social media.
YouTube has said it will not fully ban Tommy, but no-one will be able to see his videos without a ‘direct link’ and his content will become ‘undiscoverable’ with videos featuring a warning message before they play.
A YouTube spokesperson said: “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.”
“The content will be placed behind an interstitial, removed from recommendations, and stripped of key features including live-streaming, comments, suggested videos, and likes.”
The move comes months after both Labour and the Tories urged YouTube to ban Tommy, 36 from the site – who is seen as a ‘working-class hero’ among his millions of British followers, in an age when the Westminster elite continue to ignore the masses and pursue their own agenda.
In a letter to Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, Labour MP Tom Watson claimed it was “quite clear from the comments threads on stories documenting this decision, Yaxley-Lennon supporters are transferring over their virulent hate to YouTube”.
He wrote: “I am now writing to implore you as a matter of utmost urgency to follow the lead that has been, belatedly, set by Facebook, and remove forthwith all ‘Tommy Robinson’ and related pages from your YouTube platform.”
The Conservative Culture secretary Jeremy Wright also joined Labour and dismissed Tommy’s popularity and mass working-class appeal, by asking YouTube to “reconsider their judgment” over a decision to keep Tommy on its platform.
The out-of-touch Tory Toff joined ranks with Labour and told the Commons that the activist had been “banging on the door of a journalist”, and after leaving “returned at 4am and continued his intimidation”. despite Police not taking the incident any further.
Wright, however, failed to tell the Commons that the journalist in question, far-left activist Mike Struchbery – who had allegedly doxxed Tommy Robinson, and had gloated on his Twitter account about a lawyer who represents ISIS fanatics and a self-admitted ‘crackhead’ that had turned up at Tommy’s house, putting his young wife and kids at risk.
‘FREEDOM OF SPEECH HAS LIMITS’
“We all believe in freedom of speech, but added: “We all believe that freedom of speech has limits,” added Wright.
He claimed the decision to keep Tommy on the site was “beyond the reach of the type of freedom of speech that we believe should be protected.”
Last month, Tommy took to YouTube and said: “My account has zero community strikes, and zero copyright strikes. I’ve done nothing and said nothing wrong.”
Google had originally said the decision to keep Tommy online was because the activist’s content on the video-sharing site was ‘fundamentally different’ from his posts on Facebook, which saw his page of over 1m likes deleted by Facebook.