Yesterday I reported that an insurrectionist at the Capitol on Wednesday had repeated Steve Bannon’s call to put federal bureaucrats' “heads on pikes.”
At the time of Bannon’s remarks, YouTube issued a strike against the former White House chief strategist’s channel and suspended his show War Room: Pandemic from streaming for a week. Twitter removed him from the platform altogether, Bannon’s lawyers dropped him as a client, and Spotify later followed suit.
After Bannon made more than a half a dozen calls for violence and revolution, YouTube finally took the long overdue step of suspending his channel.
But it comes too late; YouTube deserves no congratulations.
We’ve now seen how his words have been directly connected to a violent insurrection. Only after the worst possible outcome became a terrifying reality did YouTube decide to enforce its own policies against inciting violence and pushing misinformation related to the 2020 election.
YouTube’s parent company Google must now follow through with its commitment to deplatform War Room: Pandemic. The co-hosts are now directing their audience to watch them on the app for Real America's Voice, the cable network that hosts the show. The app is accessible via Google Play, which has a policy against the incitement of violence on the platform. If the company is serious about preventing further political violence in this country, it must take action to ban this app.