YouTube suspensions

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YouTube may suspend accounts, temporarily or permanently, from their social networking service. Suspensions of high-profile individuals from YouTube are unusual and when they occur often attract attention in the media


Users who are permanently suspended from YouTube, based on violations of YouTube's terms of service, are not told which of their uploads or comments were the cause; they are told only that their accounts will not be restored, and which of YouTube's rules the company says were violated.[citation needed]

List of notable suspensions[edit]

Individual/account Description Date Reason for suspension Subscriber count
Wael Abbas Journalist, blogger, and human rights activist September 2007 Videos of police brutality, voting irregularities and anti-government protests in Egypt removed from YouTube.[1]
Toy Freaks Single father of two 22 November 2017 After being highlighted in a Medium article, the top-100 channel, which had over 8 million subscribers at the time,[2] was terminated for violating its child endangerment policy, which they had recently revised in response to media coverage of supposedly child-friendly videos containing disturbing content on YouTube.[3]
Logan Paul Internet personality, actor, director and musician February 2018 YouTube suspended all advertising on Paul's channels due to his pattern of behavior.[4] The suspension was lifted 18 days later.[5]
Government of Pakistan February 2018 YouTube temporarily suspended the official channel of the Government of Pakistan for copyright infringement.[6][7]
Alex Jones Radio show host July 2018 YouTube suspended the channel for 90 days for violating hate speech and graphic content policies.[8] They later terminated his channel in 2019.[9] 2.4M
FamilyOFive July 2018 YouTube removed the channel for violating child endangerment guidelines.[10]
Austin Jones Musician February 2019 YouTube terminated his channel after he pleaded guilty to child pornography offenses. They initially refused to.[11][12] 550K
Fantastic Adventures Mother, Director and comedian C. 2019 Violating child endangerment guidelines
Steven Crowder Commentator, actor, and comedian June 2019 After initially stating that Crowder's videos did not violate their policies, YouTube demonetized Crowder's channels due to continued "egregious" actions that have harmed the broader community.[13]
Soph (formerly LtCorbis) YouTuber 5 August 2019 Soph's YouTube account was terminated for posting a homophobic video that ended with "threats". Her Patreon was also terminated.[14]
210 accounts Group of people 23 August 2019 210 YouTube channels involved in "coordinated influence operations" towards the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests were suspended.[15]
Red Ice TV Far-right October 2019 Red Ice's channel was terminated due to violations of hate speech.[16] Later, their second channel was also terminated.[17]
James Charles, FaZe Rug, FaZe Kay, Leah Ashe, and others Number of YouTubers 5 November 2019 Some popular YouTubers including James Charles, FaZe Rug and others were accidentally terminated for unknown reasons.[18]
Richard Spencer, Stefan Molyneux, and two accounts associated with white nationalist group American Renaissance, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, and NPI/Radix Prominent far-right figures June 2020 Violation of hate speech policies.[19]
Wiley Rapper 5 August 2020 Banned after antisemitic rant. Banned from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in July.[20]
LeafyIsHere Commentator 21 August 2020 Repeated violations of harassment policies.[21] ~4.910.000 [22]|
David Icke Conspiracy theorist, former sports broadcaster and football player 2 May 2020 Conspiracy theories (see David Icke § 5G and COVID-19.) ~903.000[23]
Patriots' Soapbox Conspiracy theorist Livestream, Q Anon, Right Wing commentary 15 October 2020 Multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully, or threaten ~80,000
Baked Alaska Alt-right Activist 12 October 2020 Multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully, or threaten
ABS-CBN News and ANC 24/7 News media 3 November 2020 - 4 November 2020 Suspension lifted 1 day later.[24] It is believed that the channels were hacked to upload a Ripple livestream to promote a bitcoin scam.[25][26] The issue was resolved several hours later. ~10 million
One America News Network (OANN) News media 24 November 2020 Violation of YouTube's COVID-19 misinformation policy; suspended for 1 week and demonetized.[27] ~1.21 million
talkRADIO talk radio station 5 January 2021 Violation of YouTube's COVID-19 misinformation policy; suspended for a few hours.[28] ~248,000
Donald Trump President of the United States 13 January 2021 Suspended for one week for ongoing potential for violence[29] 3.5M
Lifesite News Catholic News Agency February 2021 Banned from YouTube for comments about COVID-19.[30]
Sebastian Gorka Former Trump White House senior adviser, radio host 12 April 2021 Permanent ban for repeated violations of YouTube's presidential election integrity policy [31] 2


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Johnston, Cynthia (2007-11-27). "YouTube stops account of Egypt anti-torture activist". Reuters. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ Rosenblatt, Kalhan (2017-11-24). "YouTuber 'Toy Freaks' could do psychological damage to his kids, experts say". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  3. ^ Sharman, Jon (2017-11-22). "Father thrown off YouTube for making disturbing videos of his daughters". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  4. ^ "YouTube drops ads from Logan Paul channels". BBC News. February 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "YouTube Lifts Logan Paul's Ad Suspension After 18 Days". The Wrap. 2018-02-27. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  6. ^ "GoP Youtube channel restored after temporary suspension". 2018-02-03. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Pakistan govt's YouTube channel back online after temporary suspension". Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  8. ^ "YouTube Removes InfoWars Videos, Suspends Alex Jones Channel From Live Broadcasts". Deadline. 2018-07-26. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  9. ^ Alexander, Julia (2019-03-19). "YouTube terminates channel dedicated to circumventing Alex Jones ban". The Verge. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  10. ^ "Family from banned 'FamilyOFive' YouTube channel continues to post videos". WUSA9. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  11. ^ "YouTube U-turn over child abuse singer". 8 February 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  12. ^ Alexander, Julia (February 7, 2019). "YouTube removes channel after creator pleads guilty to coercing young fans into sending sexual content". The Verge. New York City: Vox Media. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  13. ^ Elias, Jennifer. "YouTube flip-flops on suspending video blogger accused of harassment". CNBC (June 5, 2019). Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  14. ^ "YouTube removes account of far-right creator Soph for hate speech". The Verge. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  15. ^ "YouTube Channels Suspended For 'Coordinated' Influence Campaign Against Hong Kong". Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  16. ^ "YouTube Takes Down Red Ice's Main Channel". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  17. ^ "YouTube Yanks Second Red Ice Channel". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  18. ^ "James Charles reacts to YouTube accidentally deleting his channel". Dexerto. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  19. ^ "YouTube Boots White Supremacist Richard Spencer, Far-Right Personality Stefan Molyneux for Spewing Hate". Daily Beast. June 29, 2020. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  20. ^ "YouTube removes rapper Wiley's channel over 'repeated violations'". Times of Israel. Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  21. ^ "An update to our harassment policy". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  22. ^ Instagram photo by @LeafyIsLucky
  23. ^ David Icke's channel subscriber count on Social Blade
  24. ^ Mercado, Neil Arwin (November 3, 2020). "ABS-CBN News' YouTube account 'terminated'; investigation underway". Inquirer.
  25. ^ Tweet by @medyeman
  26. ^ Malasig, Jeline (November 3, 2020). "Patrons demand YouTube explanation for terminating ABS-CBN accounts". InterAksyon.
  27. ^ Gold, Ashley. "YouTube temporarily suspends, demonetizes OANN". Axios. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  28. ^ Kelion, Leo (January 5, 2021). "TalkRadio: YouTube reverses decision to ban channel". BBC News. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  29. ^ Diaz, Jaclyn (January 13, 2021). "YouTube Joins Twitter, Facebook In Taking Down Trump's Account After Capitol Siege". KUOW. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  30. ^ "YouTube's Permanent Ban on LifeSiteNews Prompts Censorship Concerns". NCR. February 13, 2021. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  31. ^ "Former Trump official Sebastian Gorka banned from YouTube over election conspiracy theories". Salon. 13 April 2021. Retrieved 14 April 2019.