Christian author Eric Metaxas’ radio show on YouTube has been removed by the video-sharing platform after receiving various warnings for breaking the community guidelines by allegedly spreading misinformation about coronavirus and the 2020 US presidential election.
YouTube’s rules on how to “behave” on the platform state that “three strikes in the same 90-day period will result in your channel being permanently removed from YouTube”.
A YouTube spokesperson told the Christian Post that Metaxas’ channel had been removed under the ‘three strikes system’.
“Specifically, we removed content that violated our policies on COVID-19 medical misinformation and presidential election integrity,” a YouTube spokesperson told The Christian Post.
In a Facebook post, Metaxas said he and his team had done their “very best” to follow what he called YouTube’s “creepy Marxist ‘community standards’ ” but nonetheless the video-sharing platform managed to “[dig] into some of our older videos to find things they could use against us.”
He went on to say that although the decision will “devastate” them financially, he will continue to “speak truth” and refuses to “be silenced”.
“None of my heroes ever were, and by God’s grace I never will be. We trust that what we are doing is right and we will not be silenced. In fact, this grotesque attack on free speech emboldens us dramatically in calling out Maoist and Soviet-style tactics for what they are, an expression of deepest fear that the truth can never be silenced. Because it cannot,” his Facebook post reads.
Metaxas has now moved his show to the video-sharing platform Rumble.