The temporary ban that was imposed on Tuesday, was first reported by Axios who cited YouTube representative Ivy Choi.
Choi said in a statement to several reporters, though refrained from offering any detail on the offending video:
“After careful review, we removed a video from OANN and issued a strike on the channel for violating our Covid-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits content claiming there’s a guaranteed cure,”
YouTube Refuses To Explain What OANN’s Infraction was…Other Than Being Conservative
OANN’s one-week suspension from posting new videos or live streams is the result of a “strike” YouTube issued for violating its COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits saying there is a guaranteed cure to the virus.
YouTube supposedly took down the video that triggered the strike, but refused to divulge what claim and/or video got OANN suspended?
Several recent clips from OANN reference the pandemic, but none appear to tout a “cure” for the coronavirus beyond standard coverage of the various vaccines under development and when one could be available.
However, the president of the publication, Charles Herring, said the video had been left unviewable to the public and was meant only “for review” by OANN staff only before it was removed.
“YouTube took the extreme action of censoring a national cable news network for a video that was ‘unlisted’ and not available publicly on YouTube,” Herring told the Epoch Times, adding that while the outlet will comply with YouTube’s requirements, it “will not let YouTube’s arbitrary rules infringe upon its First Amendment editorial rights to inform the public.”
If anyone in the press cared about free speech, you’d actually want to know what the basis for the censorship decision was!
“It was unclear what specifically OANN's video said about a Covid-19 cure that made YouTube decide to suspend the channel.” pic.twitter.com/KY44ekXn9V
— Cerno (@Cernovich) November 24, 2020
What YouTube’s suspension of OANN means:
- OANN is also suspended from the YouTube Partner Program, which means if it wants to monetize its videos again, it will have to re-apply.
- YouTube has a three-strikes policy before an account is terminated. This is OANN’s first strike, but it has violated the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy before, meaning it gets no more warnings if it breaks the rules again — just additional strikes.
- YouTube says it does not consider OANN an authoritative news source but doesn’t explain why they believe it’s not.
Big Tech Inquisition Against Conservatives Continues
YouTube claims that they are trying to provide greater visibility to what they hysterically consider legitimate news outlets like VOX.
YouTube suspension of OANN comes on the heels of a group of Democrats led by Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) who just yesterday urged YouTube to remove election misinformation videos.
YouTube, like other platforms, has grown more willing to take action against conservative Right-leaning accounts knowing they have the backing of Democrats in Congress.
The four Democrat senators also urged YouTube to demonetize any account that had the audacity to report on the 2020 election results being contested by President Trump.
Of course, Menendez penning this letter complaining about conservative YouTube accounts sowing public discord and fueling civil unrest makes it imbecilic at best.
But making his mental midget letter urging YouTube to take action even more laughable was knowing the three Senators who co-signed Menendez’s idiocy: