YouTube Closes Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua’s Channel
YouTube has suspended popular Christian television channel, Emmanuel TV, owned by controversial televangelist Pastor TB Joshua of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations over his controversial “exorcisms and hate speech”. Between 2016 and January 2020, the channel posted at least seven similar clips showing the charismatic Christian televangelist engaging in violent exorcism to “cure” gay and lesbian congregants of their sexual orientation by casting out “the demon of homosexuality”. Unlike YouTube, which terminated the ministries’ entire channel, Facebook says it has “removed a number of pieces of content from this page for violating these policies”. The pastor has urged Nigerians to raise their concerns over his channel’s suspension on other social media platforms. The channel, which had over 1.8 million subscribers and 600 million views before the suspension, was reportedly the most-watched Nigerian Christian ministry on YouTube.