YouTube suspends a US News Network channel for violating COVID-19 misinformation policy


YouTube has suspended the YouTube News Network (OANN) channel for repeated violations of the video platform’s policy on sharing COVID-19 misinformation, YouTube confirmed on Tuesday. As a result of the suspension, the channel has also been demonetized.

“Since this epidemic, we have worked to prevent the dissemination of harmful misinformation associated with COVID-19 on YouTube. After careful review, we removed a video from OANN and violated our COVID-19 misinformation. Issued a strike on the channel for. YouTube said in a statement, “The policy, which claims that content is banned, is a guaranteed cure.” “In addition, our COVID-19 misinformation policy and other channels Due to repeated violations of monetization policies, we have suspended the channel from the YouTube Partner Program and, as a result, its monetization on YouTube. “

YouTube has a three-strike policy prior to account deletion. OANN’s channel is still live, but the strike means it cannot upload new videos or start new live streams for a week. To fund further videos, OANN will have to reapply for the YouTube Partner Program. To read the program would require an account to rectify any issues caused by the suspension.

OANN has recently become a favorite of President Donald Trump. The President has repeatedly Promoted Segments from networks promoting unfounded conspiracy theories about large scale Voter fraud And rigged the vote machine in the presidential election.

YouTube does not have a policy prohibiting false claims about elections. Stage already refused Mr. Trump won the 2020 election for taking an OANN video incorrectly. The video was uploaded the day before the election, before an official news source made a launch. CBS News introduced Joe Biden as the winner on November 7.

YouTube had initially added a box at the bottom of the video keeping the election result in mind that was not final and included a link to a Google search on the vote count. On November 7, YouTube updated the box, saying that the Associated Press had declared Biden the winner of the election.

OANN made headlines earlier that year when the White House Correspondents Association removed the network from the daily White House briefing rotation after two of the news outlet’s employees Participated in rotating briefings. Employees continued to attend the Channel Ron briefing as a guest of the White Channel.

Stephen Gandell contributed reporting.

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