People For the American Way

People For the American Way Wins Reinstatement of Right Wing Watch YouTube Account

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2021

Contact: Press Department at People For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 2024674999

Washington, D.C. – Following YouTube’s reversal late today of its decision this morning to permanently suspend the account of Right Wings Watch, People For the American Way’s project dedicated to monitoring dangerous rhetoric on the Far Right, Right Wing Watch Director Adele Stan released the following statement:

“We are glad that by reinstating our account, YouTube recognizes our position that there is a world of difference between reporting on offensive activities and committing them. Without the ability to accurately portray dangerous behavior, meaningful journalism and public education about that behavior would cease to exist. We hope this is the end of a years-long struggle with YouTube to understand the nature of our work. We also hope the platform will become more transparent about the process it uses to determine whether a user has violated its rules, which has always been opaque and has led to frustrating and inexplicable decisions and reversals such as the one we experienced today. We remain dedicated to exposing threatening and harmful activities on the Far Right and we are glad to have YouTube again available to us to continue our work.”

About People For the American Way  
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org