TB Joshua’s channel suspended by YouTube, Facebook takes down his videos

The YouTube account of Prophet T.B Joshua which has over 1.8 million subscribers has been taken down by YouTube.

The channel was taken down on the 12th of April after openDemocarcy alerted YouTube about some videos that violated the platform’s community guidelines.

According to Premium Times, between 2016 and January 2020, T.B Joshua’s channel has posted at least seven clips showing the charismatic Christian televangelist engaging in violent exorcism to ‘cure’ gay and lesbian congregants of their sexual orientation by casting out “the demon of homosexuality”.

YouTube responded to openDemocracy by suspending the channel and further stating that the platform prohibits hate speech or discrimination of any people of any sexual orientation.

A YouTube spokesperson told openDemocracy;

“YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit hate speech and we remove flagged videos and comments that violate these policies. In this case we have terminated the channel.

“YouTube prohibits content which alleges that someone is mentally ill, diseased, or inferior because of their membership in a protected group including sexual orientation.”

Daina Rudusa, spokesperson for OutRight Action International, the global LGBTIQ human rights organisation expressed delight in seeing social media platforms taking action against discrimination of people based on their sexual orientation.

He said;

It is great to see social media platforms take a greater role in tackling these harmful practices by banning accounts spouting hate speech and promoting conversion practices.

“So-called conversion therapy is neither therapy, nor does it result in conversion” and it has been recognised as being “tantamount to torture.

Facebook also took action by taking down some content that was shared by TB Joshua Ministries rather than taking down their page.

Facebook company spokesperson said;

“We don’t allow attacks against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, including content promoting conversion therapy services.

“We take attacks on the LGBT+ community incredibly seriously and encourage people to report this kind of content when they see it so we can investigate.”

TB Joshua has reacted to that action taken by YouTube, he described it as a decision made in haste.

On Twitter, he wrote;

EMMANUEL TV YOUTUBE SUSPENSION: Our mission is to share the love of God with everyone – irrespective of race or religion – and we strongly oppose all forms of hate speech! We have had a long and fruitful relationship with YouTube and believe this decision was made in hast

He assured his followers on Facebook that they are making effort currently to restore the channel. On Facebook, he wrote;

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Emmanuel TV YouTube Channel Suspension!!!

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! We have had a long and fruitful relationship with YouTube and believe this decision was made in haste. We appreciate your prayers and support as we are making every effort to appeal this decision and see the channel restored.



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