DAILYKENN.com -- Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnis has been reistated by YouTube. His channel was zapped due to (alleged) copyright violations that coincidentally coincided with a roadblock deplatforming in which he was apparently deleted from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media venues.
From thewrap.com ▼ Jon Levine
“It was really unusual. Some of the videos had nothing to do with copyright claims but were listed as such,” McInnes told TheWrap later that morning. “I contacted Vans and they said they told YouTube to drop the charges and now I’m back. It won’t last.”
McInnes, a co-founder of Vice Media, has over a quarter million subscribers. The Proud Boys, a fraternal organization, has been described as a violent hate group by some — something their founder has consistently disputed.
Vans, Inc. has now retracted their claim of copyright infringement on several of the videos which they originally asked to be removed, resulting in both the restoration of the videos and McInnes’ channel, the YouTube rep added, explaining that they did not mediate copyright claims and left resolution to the respective parties.
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