In the wake of the Parkland high school shooting that left 17 people dead and dozens injured, YouTube is targeting videos published by far-right conspiracy theorists who are prolific disseminators of fake news, and wiping them off the platform.
YouTube has also been doling out strikes to offenders, and Alex Jones’ InfoWars is reportedly on its second one after posting videos that accused Parkland survivors of being “crisis actors.” Now, the platform has taken out one of Jones’ most visible reporters, Jerome Corsi.
In a post to Twitter this Thursday, Corsi announced that his YouTube channel was deleted. According to him, the company deciding it no longer wants his business is comparable to the “USSR.”
“welcome to the USSR — GOOGLE/YouTube JUST TERMINATED MY YouTube channel ( jrlcorsi ) without NOTICE or EXPLANATION — Stole my FEB EARNINGS — gone — CENSORSHIP now THEFT @realDonaldTrump @POTUS @AjitPaiFCC So, @ericschmidt is now a HARD-LEFT CRIMINAL (guess he needed the $$$),” Corsi tweeted in his typical hysterical fashion.
Corsi was instrumental in promoting the mega-conspiracy theory known as “The Storm.” Writing in Medium, Will Sommer broke it down for you so I don’t have to:
The Storm is based on a series of cryptic clues posted on the pro-Trump sections of the 4Chan and 8Chan forums by to an unidentified user styling himself as “Q Anonymous” — a reference to a top-level “Q” security clearance.
Q’s fans are convinced that Q is a member of the Trump administration or intelligence community dropping good news about what’s really going on to Trump supporters. And they’ve dubbed the whole theory “The Storm” or “Calm Before the Storm,” a reference to that time Trump cryptically referenced “the storm.”
Corsi also was a huge promoter of the “birther” conspiracy which alleges that Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen.
Naturally, Jerome Corsi is moving over to Gab after his YouTube ban pic.twitter.com/X5GzUA8DrH
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) March 1, 2018
Alex Jones hasn’t commented on the ban yet, but when he does, he’ll most likely blame the Globalists or Hillary. Either way, the vile and fraudulent world of InfoWars just got a little bit smaller, and that’s a good thing.
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