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(LifeSiteNews) — Catholic Daily Wire host Matt Walsh announced that his daily show will not be uploaded to YouTube anymore because the platform threatened to ban his channel if he refused to use preferred “gender pronouns.”

During a speech at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, Walsh said that YouTube had demonetized his channel and threatened to remove it if he did not use the preferred pronouns of people who suffer from gender confusion.

“We received word from YouTube that I had committed a series of alleged violations of their terms of service and also of their ad partnership guidelines, which will now lead to my demonetization and potentially being banished forever from the platform,” the show host recalled.

“[YouTube’s] ploy is to be intentionally vague about their guidelines,” he continued. “They’ll tell you violated something, but they won’t tell you exactly what it was or how that thing violates the guideline because they want to afford themselves the latitude to demonetize and deplatform you whenever they feel like it.”

“And that’s really what’s going on here, of course, they just selected me and they said, ‘Well, it’s your turn and we are going to look for a reason.’”

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Walsh said that YouTube cited three instances in his videos concerning the gender pronouns of “trans influencer” Dylan Mulvaney, who was the star in some highly controversial ad campaigns, including for the beer brand Bud Light.

“YouTube decided that I’m not allowed to use biologically accurate language when discussing Dylan or presumably any other trans-identified person,” he stated.

Walsh also claimed that this was a targeted attack against his channel by high-level YouTube executives.

“It doesn’t seem that other channels are being held to that standard right now,” the Daily Wire star said. “We were told by sources at YouTube that this decision to target our channel had come from the highest level of the company. And they are looking for something, a reason to take us out.”

Walsh explained that YouTube offered him an “off-ramp,” to allow him to stay on the platform if he started using the preferred gender pronouns.

“If I simply respect the preferred pronouns and I stop accurately gendering people, then I can likely continue to do my show on the platform, I can get re-monetized after a short probationary period, and I can continue making over 100,000 dollars a month on YouTube ads, which is a huge part of how we produce and pay for the show,” he said. “In other words, all I have to do … you want to keep the money, that’s fine, keep the platform, just give up your integrity and your soul in its place.”

“And to that, I say: Hell no!”

Walsh then announced that his daily show would not be uploaded on YouTube anymore, but rather be made available for free on the Daily Wire’s own video service and other platforms.

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“I can announce right now, in fact, that starting on Monday … my show will be available for free for everyone, every day on Daily Wire+,” Walsh stated.

He also announced that they will start uploading his full show to Twitter every day. In a subsequent tweet, Walsh added that they will also have the show on the video platform Rumble.

“I’m not going to forfeit my integrity for the sake of YouTube ad revenue,” the Daily Wire host wrote on Twitter. “But I’m also not going to go off to the hinterlands somewhere and languish in obscurity. We’re going to make the show bigger and more accessible on even more platforms. That’s how we’re responding.”

YouTube has seemingly ramped up its censorship efforts in recent weeks. The Big Tech platform permanently suspended the channel of LifeSiteNews’ editor-in-chief, John-Henry Westen, as well as his personal account for violating its vaguely defined “terms of service” and “hate speech policy.”

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