The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) YouTube channel operated by Joshua was deactivated last week and can no longer be viewed by its nearly two million subscribers.
OpenDemocracy, a UK-based media rights group, told CNN that it posted a message on YouTube on April 8 asking if the conversion therapy videos were against their guidelines.
“We saw at least seven videos. In one video, TB Joshua hit a woman and her partner at least 16 times, whom he called her ‘second’ (partner),” said Lydia Namubiru, Africa editor for OpenDemocracy.
“He said he would throw the ‘woman’s spirit’ out of her,” Namubiru said as she shared the content of the footage featured by her organization on YouTube and Facebook. The woman later told Joshua that because of his intervention, she no longer had any affection for her partner, Namubiru said.
“In another case, a young person is beaten … multiple times and his dreadlocks are shaved before he testifies that he is no longer attracted to men,” added Namubiru.
YouTube has not made a public statement on the matter. CNN tried soliciting YouTube for comment but was unsuccessful.
CNN received an email from a YouTube spokesperson to OpenDemocracy on April 13 stating, “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit hate speech, and we are removing flagged videos and comments that violate these guidelines. In this case, we have we closed the channel … We checked that videos reported us and took appropriate action that resulted in the channel being closed. ”
Emmanuel TV, the Church broadcaster, is broadcast in Africa on DSTV – a satellite service from the South African company MultiChoice.
In a statement posted on Facebook last week, TB Joshua Ministries said it would appeal against YouTube’s decision to suspend its channel.
The Lagos-based mega-church also urged millions of its followers to protest YouTube’s action on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.
In response to Joshua’s teaching methods, a spokesman for the Nigerian Christian Association (CAN), an umbrella organization for Christian groups in the country, told CNN that the association “does not interfere with the governance of churches or the way individuals operate their worship centers. “”
The YouTube sanction is a severe blow to Joshua, whose services and humanitarian operations in different parts of the world are shown on the popular video platform.
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