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YouTube is removing re-uploaded clips of Kanye West's interview with Alex Jones: report

INSIDER 12/4/2022 ledmonds@businessinsider.com (Lauren Edmonds)
Twitter suspended Kanye West's account early Friday morning. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images © Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images Twitter suspended Kanye West's account early Friday morning. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
  • NBC News reported YouTube is removing reuploaded clips of Kanye West's interview with Alex Jones. 
  • Google told NBC that clips are removed if antisemitism isn't denounced in the video via commentary. 
  • Kanye West praised Adolf Hitler and Nazis during an interview on InfoWars. 

YouTube is removing clips of Kanye West's interview with InfoWars host Alex Jones that are being uploaded to the site, according to NBC News

Google, which owns YouTube, told the outlet in a statement that reuploads would be removed if the antisemitism featured in the interview isn't denounced in the video with "added commentary." 

NBC News added that other platforms like Twitter, owned by Elon Musk, have yet to install such a policy. 

Kanye West faced backlash over a string of antisemitic comments. Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images © Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images Kanye West faced backlash over a string of antisemitic comments. Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images

InfoWars and Google did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

Comments made by West during the December 1st interview sparked a swift backlash from social media users and Jewish community leaders. Clips shared online by Right Wing Watch show that West praised Nazis and Adolf Hitler. 

"There's a lot of things that I love about Hitler. A lot of things," West said in one clip. 

In another, West said: "I love Jewish people, but I also love Nazis." 

The interview came after NBC News reported in November that West praised Hitler and Nazis during business meetings. CNN reported similar behavior in October, with one business executive who formerly worked for West saying the "Donda" artist had an "obsession" with Hitler. West's antisemitic comments in recent months have caused large companies, like Adidas and Vogue, to cut ties with him. 

Elon Musk announced that Kanye West's Twitter account was suspended. Carina Johansen/Getty Images © Provided by Markets Insider Elon Musk announced that Kanye West's Twitter account was suspended. Carina Johansen/Getty Images

After the InfoWars interview, West was suspended from Twitter for sharing a photo of a swastika superimposed over the Star of David. Musk acknowledged the suspension with a tweet on December 1. 

"I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended," Musk wrote, referring to West. 

In a Twitter Spaces conversation, Musk shared more details about Twitter's decision to suspend West, saying, "at some point, you have to say what is incitement to violence because it is against the law in the US. Posting swastikas in what obviously is not a good way is an incitement to violence."

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