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Poilievre faces calls to apologize, explain misogynist YouTube tags


YouTube videos uploaded to Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre’s YouTube channel have a tag related to the misogynist movement – and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for an apology.

“MGTOW”, which stands for “Men Go Their Own Way”, is a tag on YouTube videos on Poilievre’s channel from 2018. Global News first reported the story and reportedly found tags on Poilievre’s 50 most recent YouTube videos.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on Poilievre to apologize in the House of Commons on Thursday.

“Without Global News, we wouldn’t have known that the Conservative leader was deliberately using his videos to appeal to far-right, misguided online movements,” Trudeau said in the House of Commons.

“These are movements against women and they have had devastating consequences in real life. Speaker, I call on the Conservative leadership to stand in this House, accept responsibility and apologize. “

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Trudeau and Poilievre debate misogynistic use of YouTube tags

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre have sparred over the trade during a time of questioning over the misogynistic use of hashtags on Poilievre’s YouTube channel.

Poilievre did not apologize. He said he solved the problem.

“I condemned the organization and I corrected the matter as soon as it became known to me, Mr. Speaker,” Poilievre said.

“I condemn all forms of misogyny.”

Global reported that the tags were removed shortly after it inquired about them. CBC News was able to confirm the existence of the tokens using the Internet’s Back Camera.

YouTube help page says the tag is a “descriptive keyword you can add to your video to help viewers find your content”.

Poilievre’s office did not respond to a question from CBC News about who added the tag to the video and why.

Poilievre answered a question from Liberal MP Mark Gerretsen about the cards in the House of Commons on Thursday morning.

“Of course we are on this side of rejecting all wrongdoing and every extremist act, and that is how we will always behave here,” Poilievre said.

MGTOW regarding male supremacy: expert

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists the acronym MGTOW in a page on male supremacy ideology. The SPLC defines MGTOW as men who “present themselves as secessionist men and have chosen to completely remove themselves from the negative influence of women.”

Jacob Johanssen, professor of communications at St. Mary of London, UK, says MGTOW is an online community that can be defined as “male supremacy or isolationist.”

“Men who support the MGTOW lifestyle want to live separately from women and cut women out of their lives as much as possible,” Johanssen said in an email.

“Many MGTOW men express deeply misogynistic views and talk a lot about women. They share experiences in which they have been treated badly or rejected by women, and as a result, they want to live a life of peace. themselves or among male colleagues. Some claim that they prefer being single and have no interest in dating or heterosexual relationships.”

Johanssen said it is difficult to determine how many men align themselves with the MGTOW ideology.

“Communities tend to be present on different social media platforms like Reddit, YouTube or Twitter, and it can be difficult to see who subscribes to that lifestyle or is just curious,” says Johanssen.

Reddit banned a community MGTOW last year for violating the site’s rules on hate speech. Video sharing platform TikTok banned the hashtag MGTOW last year, According to a report from Vice News.

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