The video platform Youtube has blocked the account of right-wing extremist rapper Chris Ares for violating the platform’s hate speech guidelines. The rapper, whose real name is Christoph Aljoscha Zloch, is close to the right-wing extremist Identitarian Movement and has been mentioned several times in reports by the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
A company spokesman said YouTube has “strict guidelines that prohibit hate speech on YouTube”. “We are closing down any channel that repeatedly or outrageously violates these guidelines.” After Youtube updated the guidelines in 2019 in order to be able to react better to racist content, they registered a five-fold increase in the removal of videos. “We shut down over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech guidelines.”
In mid-July, the Google video platform had already blocked three Identitarian Movement accounts. This also included the personal channel of the prominent Austrian activist Martin Sellner.
Ares had almost 80,000 subscribers on YouTube and was also able to generate sales on classic online music platforms such as Spotify and iTunes. Ares, who was born in 1992, managed to top the hip-hop charts with his release “2014-2018” on iTunes. “This shows, on the one hand, the importance of distributing extremist music as download on the Internet and, on the other hand, the increased reach of identitarian rap music,” says the Bavarian Constitutional Protection Report 2019.