YouTube deactivates channels linked to Oath Keepers

Source: The Hill | January 20, 2022 | Monique Beals

YouTube deactivated two channels linked to the Oath Keepers, a far-right group whose leader and members have been charged with sedition for involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

The two channels that were deactivated included one called “Oath Keepers” and another belonging to Stewart Rhodes, the group’s founder and leader. The first group had under 45,000 subscribers, while Rhodes’s account had less than 20, according to Axios

“This termination follows evidence presented in federal indictments against the Oath Keepers and the charges against them and their role in the January 6 attacks,” YouTube said to Axios. 

YouTube also said the channels violated the site’s creator responsibility guidelines, which say if there is “significant evidence presented in a court of law against a creator for a very egregious crime, we may terminate their channel if its YouTube content is closely related to the crime,” Axios reported. 

Moving forward, the Oath Keepers cannot use, own or create channels on the video-sharing platform, the outlet added. 


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