YouTube Shuts Down another Christian Channel
February 03, 2017
A Canadian based YouTube channel with over 90,000 subscribers is shut down. Is large archive of Christian sermons the reason?
SermonIndex.net, has been restored but earlier this week according to an article by The Christian Post, its YouTube account was closed purportedly because of extensive violations of the social media site’s terms of service. A SermonIndex representative explained to The Christian Post,
“On further investigation, submitting a form to YouTube the website founder of SermonIndex.net received the more vague reply of the reason why the account was deleted,” wrote the representative.
“At this point he had to believe there is possible religious discrimination involved and this does not seem normal to have no email warning or exact reason why the account is deleted.”
The Canadian-based website archives large numbers of Christian sermons, and has posted thousands of videos of preachers to YouTube, accruing more than 95,000 subscribers.
Clearly stated on part SermonIndex’s channel description is that they consider their site “a movement of believers seeking the ‘old paths’ (Jeremiah 6:16).
Representatives of this movement do not discard that the move to shut down their site should alarm all Christians.
“This still raises concerns for Christian ministries running YouTube, we had 1000’s of people praying and advocating, emailing YouTube and calling,” said SermonIndex in an email on Wednesday afternoon.
In a copy of the message sent by YouTube provided to CP the attempt to call the incident a mistake is hardly credible.
“We have re-reviewed your account and have concluded that it is not in violation of our Terms of Service. Therefore, we have unsuspended your account. This means your account is once again active and operational, and in good standing,” read the message.
Important to point out a solid reason for caution that this isn’t the first time that YouTube has blocked or censored Christian content from its site. In February of last year, the website reportedly removed a short film on Christian persecution titled “Chased.”
Last September, YouTube opted to block a trailer for the Pure Flix film “I’m Not Ashamed,” though eventually the trailer was allowed back on the site.
“With the massive volume of videos on our platform, sometimes we make the wrong call on content that is flagged by our community,” explained YouTube to Fox 411 regarding the trailer’s removal.
“When this is brought to our attention, we review the content and take appropriate action, including restoring videos or channels that were mistakenly removed.”
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