- YouTube has terminated the account of a 14-year-old conservative YouTuber with nearly a million followers who goes by “Soph.”
- The channel was terminated after her latest video, full of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, was flagged for violating the platform’s hate speech policies, YouTube says.
- This was Soph’s third violation of YouTube’s community guidelines in 90 days, which under YouTube’s three-strike policy results in a channel being permanently deleted.
- After her channel was terminated, Soph reportedly tweeted an image of herself holding what looked like a gun along with the caption, “youtube headquarters here I come,” according to Buzzfeed.
- She later deleted the tweet and said it was a joke.
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A 14-year-old far-right YouTuber with nearly a million followers has been kicked off the platform for violating its hate speech policies in a video calling the LGBTQ community pedophiles.
YouTube on Thursday terminated the channel belonging to the conservative personality, who goes only by “Soph.” She’s known in the far-right movement for her simple videos filmed in front of a green screen, in which what she says to the camera is often laced with derogatory and hate-fueled attacks of Muslims, immigrants, and liberals.
Her most recent video was called “Pride & Prejudice,” and contained 13 minutes of Soph criticizing the LGBTQ community and Pride Month, which she refers to as “30 days of AIDS-carrying pedophile victims patting themselves on the back for their lifestyles.”
The video also included an intro where Soph advertises her merchandise, and directs viewers to “make sure to blame me in your manifestos.” Soph was likely referencing the hate speech-filled manifestos that have been found online, including the one published on messaging board 8chan by the suspect in the El Paso mass shooting this past weekend.
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Soon after the video was posted July 31, Soph’s account was terminated for violating community guidelines related to hate speech, YouTube said in a statement to Business Insider. While the video itself wouldn’t be enough for YouTube to take down a channel, the policy violation was Soph’s third one in 90 days. Under YouTube’s three-strike policy, any channel that violates community guidelines three times within the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from the platform.
Following Soph’s channel termination Thursday, the 14-year-old took to Twitter in response. She reportedly tweeted out a picture of her holding what looks like a gun, with a caption reading, “youtube headquarters here I come,” according to BuzzFeed News. However, the tweet has since been deleted, and Soph has since tweeted, “gun tweet obviously a joke.”
This isn’t the first time that Soph has appeared to threaten YouTube. In a video from earlier this year, Soph threatened to kill YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, saying she was “coming for you, and it ain’t gonna be pretty.” Her YouTube channel was demonetized and the video in question was taken down, but Soph’s channel remained.
Although Soph’s videos have been removed from YouTube, she also publishes her videos on an alternative video-sharing platform called BitChute.
“Personally, less viewers is no biggie. youtube is the fast food of media, it thrives off of convenience, not the quality of its service,” Soph wrote on Twitter. “but if it upsets you because you want my ideas to be broadcasted as much as possible, send complaint emails, do what you have to.” Business Insider has reached out to Soph for additional comment.
Since her YouTube account was terminated, Soph’s crowdfunding page on Patreon has been taken down as well.
YouTube has been slammed for its conservative reaction to incidents of hate speech on the platform. In June, YouTube was widely criticized for failing to take action against a right-wing YouTuber who used racist and homophobic language in attacking a Vox journalist.
Nevertheless, YouTube announced new plans in June to crack down on extremist videos “alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion.”
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