Campaign Against Antisemitism has been informed by Google that it has decided to ban Wiley from YouTube. He was using his channel to broadcast disturbing videos to almost 250,000 followers. It had initially refused to remove him, but Campaign Against Antisemitism has successfully appealed the decision.
The videos continued in the same vein as his previous videos and his recent interviews with Sky News and The Voice, a newspaper for the black community, in which he reaffirmed his belief in antisemitic conspiracy theories and bigoted stereotypes about Jews.
For example, in one of the new videos, Wiley demanded that an unspecified “you”, which appears from the context to refer to Jews in general, try taking his passport away so that Wiley can see quite how much power the unnamed “you” has.
In another video, he read the name of a Twitter user and demanded to know whether she is a Jew.
In yet another video, he said that he had to “throw myself on the bonfire” to show his audience and “draw everything out — you saw it”.
The videos attracted many thousands of views, and comments posted beneath them were vehemently antisemitic.
Google initially decided to remove only one video, which it said was antisemitic, but not the ones cited above.
Following an appeal by Campaign Against Antisemitism, Google has now reversed its position and banned Wiley from the platform entirely.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Following contact between Campaign Against Antisemitism and Google, Wiley has now been banned from YouTube. This should have happened faster but we are pleased that this now means that Wiley can no longer incite antisemitism on any of the major social media platforms and has lost the ability to broadcast his hatred to the hundreds of thousands of people who followed him.
“It is extremely important to us that Wiley is held to account for his actions, which is why we are in touch with the Metropolitan Police Service to ensure that he is prosecuted and the Cabinet Office to ensure that he is stripped of his MBE.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism continues its robust engagement with social media companies over the content that they enable to be published, and we continue to make representations to the Government in this connection.