YouTube suspends ads on Islamophobic UK activist Tommy Robinson's videos: reports

YouTube suspends ads on Islamophobic UK activist Tommy Robinson's videos: reports
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YouTube has suspended advertising on the channel of far-right U.K. activist Tommy Robinson over controversial content, according to multiple news reports.

A spokesman for YouTube told The Hill on Thursday that Robinson's content had been demonetized due to the channel's controversial content. Advertisements on YouTube channels allow content creators to generate ad revenue when YouTube users watch the ads, which usually come before videos play.


"We have suspended ads on Tommy Robinson's YouTube channel as it breaches our advertising policies," a YouTube spokesperson said.

YouTube has been taking action in recent months against content creators with content not deemed "advertiser friendly," including videos that reference controversial or hateful political rhetoric.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is one of the founders of the Islamophobic hate group "English Defense League," which has organized violent protests against Muslims living in Britain.

The far-right activist was previously jailed for 13 months for violating the country's laws against publicizing details of court case after he recorded a video about child molestation outside a courthouse.

Robinson was banned from Twitter last year, but remains active on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Earlier this month he posted on Instagram a screengrab of a message his account had received from YouTube about its content, claiming that it was proof the site was preparing to ban him.

"Anyone who has watched my new yrs video know this is complete bollox. They want to remove my YouTube account," he wrote on Instagram, according to the Mirror.