'We were de-platformed because of hate speech. I can tell you as somebody who's intimately involved in this program, there was no hate speech whatsoever. This was a program designed to bring Russian voices to a western audience, simple. That's all it was designed to do and it was succeeding. Western media outlets, The Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, they can all interview for instance Ukrainian battalion commanders but if I interviewed a Russian battalion commander it's hate speech. They can interview Ukrainian politicians and bring you the Ukrainian point of view but if I interview a Russian politician, hate speech. The same thing with Ukrainian academics, intellectuals who explain the position of Ukraine in great detail, but if I bring on Russian politicians, Russian academics, Russian intellectuals it's hate speech. It's not hate speech. What's hateful is being de-platformed for daring to challenge the mainstream narrative'
Indeed, I doubt Ritter ever had a guest on who made racist, dehumanising comments unchallenged like the BBC did here, to pick just one example (from 1.50):
Sergei Orlov, Deputy Mayor of Mariupol: 'You saw these pictures, you saw these videos, and we see that Russian, Russian army they are not human being. Where, I don't know who they are - are they animals, are they orcs or who they are, I don't know. How it's possible to do this I cannot even imagine.'
Youtube shouldn't be allowed to get away with this.