YouTube deleted the account of a nonprofit counseling organization for “hate speech” days after a left-wing group published a report on “conversion therapy” online, attacking the organization.
the Reintegrative Therapy Association (RTA) says it does not promote or sanction conversion therapy, but encourages patient-centered therapy that can alter sexual attraction as a byproduct of resolving underlying trauma. The Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) has claimed that the RTA uses ‘continuous rebranding’ to ‘disassociate’ its work from ‘conversion therapy’, but it has urged tech companies to crack down on the RTA in the name of fighting conversion therapy.
“Our channel went from 0 strikes against us — and having tens of thousands of views — to a permanent suspension for all videos indefinitely, overnight,” said Joseph Nicolosi Jr., licensed clinical psychologist and founder of the RTA at FOX Business. “Our video content ranged from customer testimonials to research explanations. None of that mattered.”
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“Your account has been terminated due to repeated or serious violations of our community guidelines on hate speech,” the YouTube team wrote in an email to RTA. “While YouTube is a platform for expression of all kinds, our Community Guidelines prohibit speech that incites hatred or violence toward certain groups or individuals.”
“We have decided to keep your account suspended,” the team added. “You will not be able to access or create other YouTube accounts.”
Nicolosi highlighted the GPAHE report – which blamed online platforms, including YouTube, for allowing the spread of “conversion therapy” – and a Forbes Article on the report for an explanation of why YouTube banned his video channel.
“The Forbes article mentioned reintegrative therapy several times and came out less than three days before our channel was banned,” Nicolosi said. He claimed the story “specifically directs Big Tech to cancel our content.”
The report quotes Heidi Beirich, co-founder of GPAHE and former director of the intelligence project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, who said that “getting rid of this harmful material online is an important step towards creating a society where LGBTQ+ people are accepted and loved and no one feels like they want or need to change who they are.” The report notes that the GPAHE has “sent the report to all technology companies and will follow up with each company over the coming months.”
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Nicolosi insisted that RTA does not promote conversion therapy.
“The term ‘conversion therapy’ is broad, ill-defined, and makes change in sexual orientation the goal,” he noted. “But in reintegrative therapy, the client is in the driving seat. The professional therapist uses evidence-based treatment approaches to address traumatic memories. Trauma resolution is the goal, but changes in sexuality are often a sub- secondary product.”
He cited a period of five years, peer-reviewed study recently published in the Journal of Human Sexuality, who found that “exploring the fluidity of sexual attraction in therapy can be effective, beneficial, and not harmful.” The study found a “statistically significant” increase in well-being from redintegrative therapy, which also decreased same-sex attractions and increased opposite-sex attractions.
“These findings pose a threat to ‘woke’ activists, so they gave Big Tech marching orders instead of us debating the science and the findings,” Nicolosi told FOX Business. “The left’s only option is to crush dissent, even when it comes from a licensed clinical psychologist like myself, who guides viewers through the wide range of published research findings on the possibility of change from one one way or another the spectrum of sexuality.”
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Nicolosi claimed that “Big Tech promotes a lot of scientifically incorrect videos on gender issues”, referring to pro-transgender content. “By silencing the scientific evidence they dislike, they are effectively shaping the public conversation about the science of sexuality and gender. In the name of ‘anti-bullying’ and ‘stopping misinformation’ medical “they themselves have become the real bullies, and in doing so mislead the very people they say they are trying to protect – people dealing with trauma and their sexuality.”
YouTube did not respond to FOX Business’ request for comment by press time.