YouTube has suspended the account of a popular Nigerian television evangelist, TB Joshua over allegations of hate speech, particularly against gay people.
A human rights body, openDemocracy, lodged a complaint to the social media company after it has reviewed at least seven of TB Joshua’s videos where he is seen praying to “cure” gay people.
The UK-based body which filed the complaint indicated that videos posted between 2016 and 2020 on his YouTube channel showed that seven out of the lot saw the preacher conducting prayers to cure gay people.
YouTube, through one of their spokespersons, however, has indicated that the channel was brought down because its policy “prohibits contents which allege that someone is mentally ill, diseased, or inferior because of their membership in a protected group including sexual orientation .”
The tele-evangelist has responded to YouTube suspension.
At a meeting on Friday, he described the suspension as a blessing.
…that is the work of God. It’s like honey; wherever it drops, insects seek and find it. What happened is a blessing. I want you to help me pray for Youtube – the organization. Pray for them. Don’t see them the other way round. See them as a friend,” he said.
Story by: Foster Effah | universnewsroom.com