YouTube has terminated the official channel of TB Joshua’s megachurch for violating its hate speech policies.
This comes weeks after an investigation by the BBC and openDemocracy, which reported widespread sexual abuse and torture by the late preacher.
Emmanuel TV played a key role in the Nigerian televangelist rise from local pastor to global star.
TB Joshua died in 2021, but his Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan) is now run by his wife Evelyn Joshua.
The church has not commented on the removal, but has said previous allegations of wrongdoing have been “unfounded”.
Emmanuel TV had more than half a million followers on YouTube and hundreds of millions of views.
This is the second time in three years that its YouTube channel has been suspended, following previous breaches of the platform’s community guidelines.
As part of the investigation with the BBC, openDemocracy analysed Emmanuel TV’s online presence, amd claimed to find at least 50 “abusive” videos on YouTube.
Their team reported the videos to YouTube and the account was suspended on January 29.
In a comment to the BBC, the Google-owned video-sharing platform said Emmanuel TV had been “terminated for violating… hate speech policies”.
The content openDemocracy reported included Emmanuel TV footage of people with mental health issues being kept in chains, cases of medical misinformation and examples of smear campaigns against women who spoke out about TB Joshua’s sexual abuse.
Emmanuel TV’s satellite channel was dropped on 17 January by MultiChoice, a South African company currently running popular satellite services DStv and GOTv.
For many years, the channel was one of the most successful Christian networks in the world, broadcasting to millions all over the world.
Following the publication of the BBC’s investigation into TB Joshua, a number of contributors have been trolled by church and Emmanuel TV affiliated accounts online.
The accounts were also reported to YouTube by openDemocracy, but they are yet to be removed.
YouTube and other social media platforms have come under intense scrutiny in recent years over their online safety policies.