YouTube Removes White Supremacist Channel That Gave Tips on Avoiding Homeland Security

YouTube has removed a white supremacist channel, which offered neo-Nazis tips to avoid homeland security and how to promote far-right propaganda.

White supremacist Robert Rundo, previously of Huntington Beach in California and now living in Eastern Europe, promoted his vile neo-Nazi messages on YouTube until it was removed on Friday, March 26.

Convicted criminal Rundo and founder of the white supremacist Rise Above Movement (R.A.M), used the media2rise YouTube channel to radicalize new followers and promote his fashion website that worked as an income stream for the fascist group.

The channel was removed after Newsweek informed Google, the company which owns YouTube, about Rundo's content.

One of the videos uploaded onto the channel included a July 1, 2020, clip that went into detail about avoiding no-fly lists and which routes to use to reach Europe without being sent back to the U.S.

A spokesperson for Google told Newsweek: "We removed the channel flagged to us by Newsweek for violating our terms of service.

"We terminated the media2rise channel earlier this year for repeatedly violating our hate speech policy. Users who have previously seen their channel terminated are not permitted to start new channels, and if their content is reuploaded we may remove it or terminate the new channel."

In other videos, Rundo attempted to explain away his meetings with Eastern European neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups and his history of violent assaults.

Other clips showed his associates offering advice to white nationalists about how to promote hate-filled messages locally via street art.

Rundo shared photos on his 5,480 subscriber-strong Telegram channel where supporters have promoted the organization or far-right messages via graffiti tags.

The media2rise channel also directed viewers to a created playlist titled "motivation", which featured speeches by American neo-Nazi William Luther Pierce and British white supremacist Jonathan Bowden.

While the channel only had 410 subscribers, it managed to amass more than 27,000 views since it was created in June 2019.

Robert Rundo promoted white supremacism
Robert Rundo promoted white supremacy on his media2rise YouTube channel before it was removed. YouTube

In an earlier statement to Newsweek, Oren Segal, Vice President of the Anti-Defamation League strongly criticized YouTube for allowing content created by R.A.M. onto its platform.

He said: "The group, which styles itself as a "mixed martial arts" club, relies on YouTube to disseminate its hateful message. It's incredibly disturbing that YouTube continues to provide Rundo with an outlet for his bigotry."

Last year, YouTube banned several neo-Nazi and white supremacist accounts, most-notably anti-Semite white supremacist Richard Spencer, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Canadian scientific racism promoter Stefan Molyneux.

Rundo and other R.A.M. members now could face upwards of 10 years in jail if they are found guilty of newly-reinstated charges.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month that a federal court had reinstated rioting charges following clashes at Huntington Beach and Berkly in 2017.

They had originally been dismissed in 2019 by Cormac Carney, the U.S. District Judge of Los Angeles, who said the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 punished communication and not violence, which he said went against freedom of speech.

Newsweek has contacted the Anti-Defamation League for comment and has provided a list of accounts that promote Rundo to Google.