YouTube shuts down TB Joshua’s Emmanuel TV channel

This was disclosed by Joshua’s pupil, Wiseman Harry, who operates SCOAN in Thessalonica, Greece.

The account was suspended on January 29 after openDemocracy complained several videos to YouTube.

The BBC, in collaboration with openDemocracy, released a documentary featuring some of the cleric’s former pupils who accused him of rape, forced abortion, manufactured miracles, and torture.

Harry posted on Facebook:

“The YouTube channel of the late Prophet T.B. Joshua and the SCOAN Nigeria has been once again removed from the YouTube platform, following the reporting of open Democracy media company. 

“The aforementioned organisation claimed to have detected more than 50 videos on affiliated channels of Emmanuel TV, which expose the supposed victims that accused Prophet T.B. Joshua, yet they refused to specify those clips and how they violated the YouTube policies.”

However, in a comment to the BBC, the Google-owned video-sharing platform said Emmanuel TV had been “terminated for violating… hate speech policies.”

As part of its investigation with the BBC, openDemocracy reported that it conducted an analysis of Emmanuel TV’s online presence, uncovering at least 50 videos on YouTube that were allegedly abusive.

The reported content included footage from Emmanuel TV depicting individuals with mental health issues being restrained in chains, instances of medical misinformation, and instances of smear campaigns against women who had spoken out about alleged sexual abuse by Joshua.

This marks the second occasion in three years that Emmanuel TV’s YouTube channel has been suspended due to prior violations of the platform’s community guidelines.

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