- Gavin McInnes, cofounder of Vice and the far-right group the Proud Boys has been banned from YouTube for alleged copyright violations.
- McInnes says the platform referenced a 2011 collaboration with Vans called “dos and don’ts of public urination.”
- The ban shut down McInnes’ last account on a major social media platform.
- McInnes says it’s part of an effort to “deplatform” him
Gavin McInnes, founder of the far-right group the Proud Boys, was kicked off YouTube Monday, leaving the personality without access to any major social media platform.
The discovery was first made early Monday and reported by The Daily Beast.
A visit to McInnes’ former page, which is still indexed on Google, results in a simple red banner message on a blank profile reading: “This account has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted.”
McInnes told INSIDER over email that YouTube cited a “random video from almost ten years ago.” McInnes went on to confirm that the video in question was the “dos and don’ts of public urination,” which he described as “a really old comedy sketch I did for Vans.” INSIDER previously reported on the video in 2011, which was a collaboration between McInnes’ advertising company Rooster and the Vans shoe company. McInnes says the rights of the video were his.
He called the ban “part of a concerted effort to completely deplatform me.”
A YouTube spokesperson said “When a copyright holder notifies us of a video that infringes on their copyright, we act quickly to remove content as is required of us by law. We terminate the accounts of repeat offenders.”
INSIDER has reached out to Vans, which did not immediately return request for comment.
McInnes, who co-founded Vice and built a fringe following through the creation of the far-right group the Proud Boys, has seen his online platform severely diminished as of late.
On Nov. 20, McInnes’ Proud Boys group was listed as an extremist organisation by the FBI (a statement that was later disputed by a high-ranking agent). A day later, McInnes left the group. On Saturday, McInnes lost his job as a host on BlazeTV less than one week after he joined the company.
In August, prior to deciding to leave the group, McInnes was banned from Twitter. In October, he was banned from Facebook and Instagram after members of the Proud Boys were filmed in a brawl with protesters following an event at which McInnes spoke. Facebook referenced their policies against hate groups in their decision.
In his emails to INSIDER, McInnes noted that YouTube was one of his last online venues, saying “the last place I had to tell my side of the story and defend myself.”
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