YouTube Bans Far-Left & Anti-Gun Right Wing Watch

UPDATE 7/6/2021

YouTube has decided to reinstate Right Wing Watch. The platform said that banning was a “mistake.”

Right Wing Watch released the following statement:

“We are glad that by reinstating our account, YouTube recognizes our position that there is a world of difference between reporting on offensive activities and committing them,” the statement said.

“We hope this is the end of a years-long struggle with YouTube to understand the nature of our work. We also hope the platform will become more transparent about the process it uses to determine whether a user has violated its rules, which has always been opaque and has led to frustrating and inexplicable decisions and reversals such as the one we experienced today. We remain dedicated to exposing threatening and harmful activities on the Far Right and we are glad to have YouTube again available to us to continue our work.”


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YouTube Bans Far-Left & Anti-Gun Right Wing Watch

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- YouTube has removed Right Wing Watch from their platform, the hyper-partisan group announced on Twitter Monday with screenshots of YouTube denying its appeal.

The group’s Twitter read: “Our efforts to expose the bigoted view and dangerous conspiracy theories spread by right-wing activists has now resulted in @YouTube banning our channel and removing thousands of our videos. We attempted to appeal this decision, and YouTube rejected it.”

Right Wing Watch (RWW) was a project of the far-left People For the American Way (PFAW). PFAW pushes far-left conspiracy theories about groups like Gun Owners of America (GOA). The organization claimed that GOA was a bridge between government officials and a “radical anti-government militia movement.” The left-wing organization also tried to connect the gun group to Christian nationalism.

GOA has never been connected to any militia and is not a religious organization.

The pro-gun group has members of all races and religious backgrounds. Although RWW and PFAW also claimed the National Rifle Association (NRA) is racist, it seems like the group has a vendetta against GOA and, more specifically, Larry and Erich Pratt for their no-compromise gun stance.

RWW history of attacking pro-gun organizations as well as right-leaning groups. Their mission was to de-platform as many groups as possible for their right-wing beliefs. They have not only targeted pro-gun groups but also targeted My Pillow founder Mike Lindell and E.W. Jackson. The group has even tried to de-platform former UFC fighter Tito Ortiz for his conservative views.

The group used many of the same techniques that it complained to YouTube about right-wing groups using. Some of these techniques included targeted harassment campaigns and Copywrite violations. RWW had multiple violations. Journalist Matt Binder pointed out that the group would upload a raw video from a right-wing channel without adding commentary.

Without adding commentary to the clips, the group could not claim “fair use.” Fair use requires the person or group using the clip to add something to “transform” the video. Uploading raw video without anything added would not be considered “transformative.”

RWW could argue the clips were uploaded for educational purposes, but that would be hard to prove since no commentary was added. YouTube will not remove a channel until that channel racks up three strikes. The far-left group exceeded that total. In addition, the channel included thousands of videos at the time of deletion.

Some saw the banning of Right Wing Watch as poetic justice. The group has lobbied big tech to censor groups and people who hold different beliefs than RWW. This list included many pro-gun activists and pro-gun groups. The group has always claimed that these platforms can ban whoever they want because they are private companies. However, RWW’s view on big tech seems to have changed with its banning.

Many on Twitter jumped at the opportunity to point out the irony of a group that lobbied for censorship now complaining about censorship. People like reporter Andy Ngo pointed out that Right Wing Watch mocks people who complain about “cancel culture.” Tim Pool said that the group got burned by the same fire they started.

AmmoLand News reached out to Right Wing Watch for comment, but the group has not returned our emails so far.


About John Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, or at www.crumpy.com.

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Mike the Limey
Mike the Limey
3 months ago

Extreme left wing groups OK.
Moderate right of centre groups BAAAD!!!!

This despite the far left having killed in excess of 180 million over the past century or so & the far right maybe 1% of that.
Remember: Fascism & Naziism are both FAR LEFT ideologies.

Mystic Wolf
Mystic Wolf
3 months ago

Odysee is another good place to post videos, there are many i know that use not just rumble but they also use odysee, and unless a video has blatant racism in it they will do nothing

Mac
Mac
3 months ago

You tube is nothing more or less than a propaganda tool of the far left violent extremists. For myself, You tube can go to hell, don’t need them.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago

Screwtube made a mistake and after looking closely and realizing they had just deplatformed a group that thinks exactly like they do when it comes to the communist agenda and psychopathic control freaks. So they put them back up. Why am I SURPRISED????

JNew
JNew
3 months ago

Notice how they were (briefly) banned for potential copyright infringement, not over any radical or blatently false claims.

Spasm
Spasm
3 months ago

Their garbage site is still up….

hippybiker
hippybiker
3 months ago

Touch’e Mother Forkers! Eat that with your spoon!

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
3 months ago

Surprising that Utubu showed that much fairness.

JR
JR
3 months ago

While I do not believe in censorship of speech as we have the First Amendment, payback’s a bitch, and her stripper name is karma.”

Hazcat
Hazcat
3 months ago

Sorry John but you’re wrong. You Tube said it was a ‘mistake’ and reinstated them the next day. https://redstate.com/jeffc/2021/06/28/just-kidding-youtube-reverses-right-wing-watchs-ban-after-leftists-btch-and-moan-about-it-n403975

BDH
BDH
3 months ago

– like the idea – anyone have money or want to help fund an actual site that really posts evidence of folks not acting hypocritically..

to Russ’ point – it would not need updating very often……… 🙂

clearly most of our politicians and activists rarely recognize hypocrisy in their own actions but love to call it out for those that disagree with them.

Russn8r
Russn8r
3 months ago

So youtube did the right thing for once. If we started a youtube-watchdog group called Right Thing Watch, it would have very little to report.

Shoreglide
Shoreglide
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

YouTube didn’t do the right thing, and certainly not for the right reason. That channel was back up in less than 24 hours!
It’s my belief the channel was taken down because it was mistakenly seen as supporting right wing views.
I’m no expert, but I’m not aware of any leftist/socialist/communist/Antifa/BLM type social media account ever being gone for long.

Russn8r
Russn8r
3 months ago
Reply to  Shoreglide

Perfect. Which makes my point.