"Dieudonne spreaded - via his videos posted on YouTube - his antisemitic poison. He badly cursed or slandered and broadcasted obscene caricatures by putting together his miserable repertoire."
Op-Ed by Francis Kalifat, President of Crif
June 30, 2020
The announcement by Google’s video platform of the closure (at last!) of Dieudonné’s YouTube channel is to be welcomed.
It is in these terms, and in a press release, that YouTube explains its decision: "After updating our rules to better resolve the issue of supremacist content, we have seen a fivefold increase in the number of videos removed and we ended more than 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech rules." This closure comes a few hours after that of other accounts of racist or antisemitic figures in the United States, accused of propagating hate speech.
In France, it is on the YouTube channel “Dieudonné officiel”, opened in 2015, that 550 videos of Dieudonné were broadcasted. With more than 450,000 subscribers, some of these videos, listed in chronological order, had more than a million views.
"For many years, Crif has been fighting and denouncing the criminal acts and the repeated provocations of this multi-recidivist of hatred."
In five to ten minutes, Dieudonne launched - via his videos published on YouTube - his antisemitic poison. He badly cursed or slandered and broadcasted obscene caricatures by putting together his miserable repertoire. Dieudonné knows transgressions, and he knows what his public likes, he knows how to stir up and lure, courting his fans.
For many years, Crif has been fighting and denouncing the criminal acts and the repeated provocations of this hate-prone recidivist. Trials against Dieudonné have often resulted in convictions for incitement to racial hatred. I will not give an account here of these judicial procedures, so numerous are they. As a magistrate recalled, during an hearing, Dieudonné criminal record is huge, so is Alain Soral’s.
Crif has also campaigned for many years against the ignominious normalization of Holocaust denial and antisemitism by Dieudonné and others, notably through the videos posted on its official YouTube channel. More generally, Crif has been alerting for this virtual antisemitism on a daily basis for a long time while denouncing the regular increase in crimes and offenses of an antisemitic nature and the appearance of a new antisemitism hidden under a so-called anti-Zionism.
It was to quantify and analyze this antisemitic content that I decided to set up an Online Hate Speech Observatory
which produced its first results in February 2020.
If we welcome the closing of Dieudonné's YouTube channel, Crif also expects the platform, like all the others, to continue this work of cleaning up the Web by removing antisemitic, racist, homophobic content and channels of Holocaust deniers. We remain vigilant and uncompromising.
Racism, antisemitism, homophobia and hate speech have no place on the Internet.
The fight must go on.
Francis Kalifat, President of Crif
A few weeks later, on August 3, 2020, Facebook announced that they deleted Dieudonné's Facebook page, as well as his Instagram account, for "hate speech". Crif welcomed this decision. Since then, the social network TikTok has also announced the closure of Dieudonné's account on its platform. The fight against hate on the Internet continues.
For Francis Kalifat, President of Crif, "this decision goes in the right direction: that of a more secure Internet where hatred has no place. We must go on with determination".