YouTube removes far-Right adverts showing Britain First members confronting Muslim outreach workers
- Adverts taken out after YouTube was contacted about them by a newspaper
- Clips had appeared before video content linked to Brexit and British politics
- Video showed leader Paul Golding and supporters confronting volunteers
- YouTube says advert breached its rules prohibiting ads promoting hatred
YouTube has removed adverts for far-right group Britain First after clips promoting the organisation appeared before videos on the site.
The adverts were taken out after the video-sharing platform was contacted about the clips, which had appeared before content linked to Brexit and British politics.
The video showed Britain First leader Paul Golding and supporters confronting volunteers at a Muslim outreach stall last November in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
Jayda Fransen (front left) and Paul Golding (front right) from far-right group Britain First are pictured outside Folkestone Magistrates’ Court in Kent during a trial last March
YouTube, which was contacted about the adverts by the Guardian, said they were removed for breaching its rules which prohibit ads promoting hatred or intolerance.
A spokesman for Google, which owns YouTube, said: ‘YouTube does not allow ads or videosthat promote hatred, intolerance or discrimination on the platform.
‘We work hard to remove content that violates our policies quickly, using a combination of human flagging and review and smart detection technology.
‘We’re making progress in our fight to prevent the abuse of our services, including hiring more people and investing in advanced machine learning technology.
YouTube said the clips were removed for breaching its rules which prohibit ads promoting hatred or intolerance. Its YouTube Space centre at Google UK in London is pictured
‘We know there’s always more to do here and we’re committed to getting better.’
In March last year, Golding was jailed for 18 weeks after being convicted of religiously-aggravated harassment at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court in Kent.
In the same month, the Britain First Facebook page and those linked to Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen were also removed from the social network.
This came after Facebook said the pages had repeatedly violated its rules on hate speech. Accounts linked to the group were also taken off Twitter in December 2017.