YouTube Suspends Emmanuel TV From Its Platform
Online video platform YouTube, has suspended Emmanuel TV channel for allegedly propagating hate speech via its platform
The YouTube channel belongs to Pastor TB Joshua of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos.
A statement by the church on Thursday said Emmanuel TV was suspended for allegedly propagating ‘hate speech’.
This has however led to public outcry from fans and followers of the gospel TV as many have taken to their various social media platforms to express their disappointment and anger over the recent development.
The channel has over 1,800,000 subscribers and 600,000,000 views before suspension, was among the largest in Nigeria and reportedly the most watched Christian ministry ever on the video-sharing platform.
Taking to their official Facebook page to confirm the suspension, the ministry clarified: “Emmanuel TV’s mission is to share the love of God with everyone, irrespective of race or religion and we strongly oppose all forms of hate speech!”
It added that the Christian network enjoyed “a long and fruitful relationship with YouTube” and believed “this decision was made in haste”.
YouTube had earlier awarded Emmanuel TV a ‘Gold Creator Award’ for surpassing 1,000,000 subscribers, an achievement which attracted commendation from the company’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki.