Posie Parker temporarily banned from YouTube for hate speech violation

Posie Parker

Anti-trans pundit Posie Parker has been suspended from YouTube for violating the video-hosting platform’s hate speech policy, YouTube has confirmed.

Parker – real name Kellie-Jay Keen– is known for her anti-trans rhetoric and has made headlines for touring her chaotic ‘Let Women Speak’ events across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. At least one tour date saw neo-Nazis dressed in black openly marching at the event and giving Nazi salutes. 

Most recently, Keen blamed the vicious beating of a 14-year-old gay schoolboy in Navan, Ireland on trans people. 

In a tweet on Thursday (18 May), Keen implied that the teenager was attacked because “the T attached itself to LGB and forced itself down everyone’s throats”. 

“Everyone has a duty to sever the links between the LGB and the T,” she wrote, before adding in a separate comment that “the backlash will not spare those that saw this coming and tried to save the LGB kids”. 

Now, the anti-trans activist has temporarily banned from YouTube and content has been removed from her channel for violating the platform’s hate speech policy, a YouTube spokesperson told PinkNews.

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YouTube has a ‘three strike’ system and Posie Parker l has received her second strike

YouTube has a ‘three strike’ system with “consistent penalties” for channels that violate its policies. The first strike incurs a one-week suspension, the second a two-week suspension and the third results in channel termination.

A YouTube spokesperson said: “After review, we have removed content from and issued a strike to the Kellie-Jay Keen channel for violating our hate speech policy, which strictly prohibits content that promotes violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on a set of protected attributes.

“This means that the channel was temporarily suspended from publishing new videos or livestreams, in accordance with our three strikes policy. YouTube’s policies apply to everyone.

“This is the second strike issued to the Kellie-Jay Keen channel within a 90 day period, which means the channel is subject to a two week suspension from publishing new videos or livestreams, in accordance with our three strikes system.”

YouTube’s hate speech policy prohibits content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the following attributes: age, caste, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, race, immigration status, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, victims of a major violent event and their kin, or veteran status.

In a video shared to her Facebook page on Friday (19 May), Keen said she couldn’t speak to supporters from her YouTube channel because she had been “repeatedly reported” by a trans-rights activist. 

“I can’t talk to you on YouTube because some horrible rabidly-obsessed TRA [trans-rights activist] has decided to repeatedly report me.

“And it’s funny because they think they’re very clever and they’re not. And they think they conned women and they haven’t,” Keen said.

She claimed that the person in question wants to stop her talking to women and said she thinks it will be “a really long time” before she’s able to post on YouTube again, before using the rest of the video to plug a diamante t-shirt and a range of beach bags and rant about parents’ rights. 

Keen told PinkNews that “trans-rights activists are opposed to free speech” and confirmed that she had been temporarily banned from the video-hosting platform. She said: 

“I am a fierce defender of free speech and as such wouldn’t dream of trying to prevent those I oppose from putting out content.  Even bad ideas deserve to be heard.  

“‘Trans rights activists’ are opposed to free speech and fear words that challenge their fragile ideology, they are censorious authoritarians.  

“They are on the side of the establishment and large corporations, hence being successful in getting my channel temporarily banned. They should beware of the pitchforks they wield as they will eventually turn on them.”

Keen’s YouTube page is still active at the time of reporting and she has 80.6K subscribers. Her last livestream available to view was published was four days ago.