Conservative commentator and radio talk show host Todd Starnes says YouTube has permanently shut down his account.
In a recent blog post, Starnes explains that he had posted a video of a recent gay pride parade in Seattle. He criticized the event because it featured naked male cyclists "exposing themselves in front of children".
"Within minutes – my entire YouTube account was terminated. It was the last straw," he wrote. "YouTube accused me of severe and repeated violations of their community guidelines."
Starnes provided a message from the media platform that stated: "It's our job to make sure that YouTube is a safe place for all. If we think a channel severely violates our policies, we take it down to protect other users on the platform – but if you believe we've made the wrong call, you can appeal this decision."
He says he appealed the decision but was denied without explanation.
"YouTube has made a business decision – which is their right," he explained.
Starnes believes it wasn't the LGBT parade post that was the biggest problem. He contends YouTube considers his most flagrant violation to be a video he posted of former President Donald Trump. He says the media platform labeled Trump's remarks misinformation.
And it reportedly wasn't the first time YouTube had pulled Starnes' content.
In April, the platform banned a video of Trump reacting to a decision to indict him over the alleged falsification of business records.
"Clearly, they no longer want conservatives to be a part of their community. Or Trump supporters. Or anyone who believes it's wrong for men to parade around naked in public. Or anyone who holds a view that might offend the progressive fascists who run YouTube these days," Starnes wrote.
"Honestly, maybe it's best I got removed from YouTube. I have no interest in being a part of such an intolerant and perverted community," he added.
CBN News reached out to YouTube for an explanation on why Starnes was canceled, but we did not receive a reply at the time of publication.
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