Gemma O'Doherty permanently removed from YouTube for violating hate speech policy

Gemma O'Doherty, who is known for her racist and homophobic views, proceeded to hold a demonstration outside Google HQ in protest of her ban.

Gemma O'Doherty

YouTube has permanently removed Gemma O’Doherty from its platform for violating its policies aimed at protecting against hate speech.

O’Doherty, a right-wing journalist who also put in a bid for last year’s presidential election, is well known for her “homophobic, transphobic and racist” views.

Last week, O’Doherty posted a video which criticised ethnic minorities in Ireland.

The video was removed by YouTube and she was suspended from the site for seven days, which prevented her from uploading videos for seven days to her 26,000 subscribers.

She further violated this policy by uploading a video to a second account which has 14,000 subscribers.

A spokesperson for Google confirmed that both accounts owned by Gemma O’Doherty had been removed for repeated breaches of its rules.

“All users agree to comply with our terms of service and community guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube.

“When users violate these policies repeatedly, such as our policies against hate speech and harassment, or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts,” a Google spokeswoman said.

O’Doherty’s live streams attract thousands where she shares her racist views and homophobic views, likening the LGBT+ community to a “globalist cult” that “want to control your children’s minds”.

She has called on Irish parents to stand up “to this filth” and “boycott shops pushing it”, referring to an image of children’s clothes with rainbows.

O’Doherty’s racist and anti LGBT+ rhetoric is just some of a number of views. She is also known to be “anti-vaccination, fluoride, abortion, climate change, 5G”, believes in “chemtrails” and wants an “Irish ethnostate”.

O’Doherty protested her YouTube ban by holding a protest outside Google’s headquarters in Dublin, streaming it live on Facebook.

She asked those watching  “if you believe in free speech” to join her at Google HQ. She continued saying that “if you don’t come, I will take that as a message that there is nothing to protect, that censorship is okay, the Irish people are alright with that and that will probably be the end of it”.

Approximately 13 people showed up.

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