Papacito’s Far-Right YouTube Channel Shutdown: The Inside Story

After issuing several warnings against the videographer for violating the rules regarding harassment and cyberbullying, the platform decided to close his channel.

Since Friday, June 9, the YouTube channel of Papacito, far-right videographer, is no longer available on the Google video platform. She announced, in a press release relayed by AFP, to have closed it after it violated its regulations on harassment and cyberbullying on several occasions.

“Harassment and cyberbullying are not allowed on YouTube and we have clear rules that prohibit content in which insults or threats are repeatedly or maliciously made against individuals,” explained YouTube France. “After review, we have removed several videos from Papacito’s channel for violating this policy,” the platform added.

Mayor placed under police protection
Recalling that it provides three successive warnings before the closure of a channel, YouTube clarified, with the Parisian, that it had warned Papacito – whose real name is Ugo Gil Jimenez – several times. As a warning, the social network had already cut its channel for a week, then a second time for two weeks. Banned from Twitter in 2021, the far-right videographer had 213,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel before it closed.

Papacito violated the rules of the platform by posting a series of videos in which he attacks the unlabeled mayor of Montjoi, Christian Eurgal, at the end of May. In one of them, entitled “Infestation of weasels in Montjoi”, he described the elected official, aged 75, as a “weasel” who should be chased out of this small village in Tarn-et-Garonne. He took the side of a pig farmer in the village in dispute with his British neighbor over the use of a road, accusing the mayor of having favored the latter at the expense of the breeder, which the elected denied. The video in question has been viewed more than 478,000 times on YouTube. Christian Eurgal was subsequently placed under police protection, having received death threats by email, on the town hall’s telephone message and on social networks.

Last week, two individuals in their twenties were also sentenced in a plea-guilty procedure to a three-month suspended prison sentence after stealing the French flag from the pediment of the town hall of Montjoi. They had seen Papacito’s video, as the prosecution said.

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