Report: YouTube sponsors hijab-wearing 9/11 truther while cracking down on conservative channels

by WorldTribune Staff, March 5, 2018

Amid a crackdown on conservative voices, YouTube is sponsoring a woman who has claimed the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the U.S. were an “inside job” carried out by the American government, a report said.

The 9/11 truther, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, is being sponsored by YouTube as part of its multimillion-dollar “Creators for Change” program, The Daily Caller noted in a March 4 report.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

In a video Al-Khatahtbeh posted in 2012, which has since been removed, a hijab-clad woman walks onto a Manhattan train and declares that “9/11 was an inside job. Weapons of mass destruction don’t exist.”

The woman in the video accuses the “puppet media” of intentionally smearing Muslims as terrorists. “You made us all one face of terror, you created the problems ensuing, and the mask you placed upon us will be your own undoing,” she says.

Al-Khatahtbeh has also refused an award from cosmetics company Revlon over the company’s partnership with Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, who once served in the Israeli Defense Forces. Al-Khatahtbeh cited Gadot’s support for the Israeli army as the reason for her boycott.

Jewish magazine Tablet referenced the 9/11 video in a January article about the Revlon controversy. The article, which did not tie Al-Khatahtbeh to YouTube, noted that Al-Khatahtbeh “has a history of anti-Semitism.”

The Daily Caller noted that “YouTube has cracked down on right-wing channels in recent months, even while the company was sponsoring a left-wing conspiracy theorist. YouTube has demonetized prominent conservative channels and commentators, and recently admitted that it mistakenly banned a large number of conservative YouTube channels while it tried to crack down on conspiracy theories.”

Meanwhile, YouTube’s latest annual report on the “Creators for Change” program praised Al-Khatahtbeh’s 18,000 subscribers and the 881,000 video plays on her channel.

“Founder and editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is a rising voice on social, religious and political issues. She was invited by Michelle Obama to speak at the 2016 United State of Women Summit,” the report said.

Google, YouTube’s parent company, has invested millions of dollars into the “Creator’s for Change” program to support “creators who are tackling social issues, including extremism and hate, by building empathy and acting as positive role models.”

The Daily Caller noted that YouTube included the “Creators for Change” program in a post in October on the company’s work to “combat terrorist content on YouTube.” That same post also highlighted YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers” program, which brings in third-party organizations to help police content on the platform. The left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center is among the groups in the “Trusted Flaggers” program.

Al-Khatahtbeh’s 9/11 truther video has been deleted from YouTube but remains online in archived form and can be seen here.

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