The YouTube channel of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) — run by Joshua — was deactivated final week and may now not be considered by its practically two million subscribers.
OpenDemocracy, a media rights group primarily based within the UK, instructed CNN that it despatched a message to YouTube on April 8 asking if the conversion remedy movies didn’t violate its insurance policies.
“We noticed at least seven videos. In one video, T.B. Joshua slapped a woman and her partner whom he called her ‘second’ (partner) at least 16 times,” stated Lydia Namubiru, OpenDemocracy’s Africa Editor.
“He said he was casting the ‘spirit of woman’ out of her,” Namubiru stated as she narrated the content material of the footage flagged to YouTube and Facebook by her group. The girl later instructed Joshua that she now not felt affection for her accomplice due to his intervention, Namubiru stated.
“In yet another, a young person… is slapped several times and his dreadlocks are shaven off before he testifies that he is no longer attracted to men,” Namubiru added.
YouTube has not issued a public assertion on the matter. CNN tried to contact YouTube for remark however was not profitable.
CNN noticed an e-mail despatched to OpenDemocracy on April 13 by a YouTube spokesperson who said: “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibits hate speech and we remove flagged videos and comments that violate these policies. In this case we have terminated the channel… We reviewed the videos flagged to us and took appropriate action, which resulted in the termination of the channel.”
Emmanuel TV, the printed arm of the church, airs in Africa on DSTV — a satellite tv for pc service owned by South African agency MultiChoice.
In an announcement posted on Facebook final week, T.B. Joshua Ministries stated it might enchantment the choice by YouTube to droop its channel.
The Lagos-based megachurch additionally referred to as on tens of millions of its followers to protest on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube — in opposition to YouTube’s motion.
Reacting to Joshua’s doctrinal strategies, a spokesman for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), an umbrella physique of Christian teams within the nation, instructed CNN that the affiliation “does not interfere in how churches are run or how individuals operate their worship centers.”
The YouTube sanction poses a giant blow to Joshua, whose ministrations and humanitarian outreaches in several elements of the world are showcased on the favored video platform.