YouTube has suspended the One America News Network from posting new content for one week and has completely demonetized the channel, after the pro-Trump news network reportedly uploaded a video touting a non-approved ‘cure’ for COVID-19.
According to Axios, “YouTube has been criticized for allowing OANN to spread misinformation using its platform, particularly around coronavirus and the election,” adding “This marks the Google-owned service’s first crackdown against OANN.”
According to the Epoch Times, citing OANN President Charles Herring, “YouTube took the extreme action of censoring a national cable news network for a video that was ‘unlisted’ and not available publicly on YouTube.”
In addition to the temporary ban on videos, the network cannot livestream due to a “strike” received under YouTube’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits content claiming there is a ‘guaranteed cure’ for the virus. The video in question has reportedly been removed.
If OANN wants to re-monetize the channel, they will need to re-apply to YouTube’s Partner Program. If they receive two more strikes, their account will be terminated.
The ‘cancel’ crew at Sleeping Giants – who seek to silence divergent opinions under the guise of fighting misinformation – celebrated, though not without knocking YouTube for not taking more aggressive action against the news network.
Don’t forget that @YouTube has played a large part in building OAN’s audience and recommending their videos.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) November 24, 2020
Meanwhile, conservative news outlet The Federalist has jumped from YouTube to Rumble after ‘years of throttling our page and restricting our reach.’
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 24, 2020
Will half the country eventually wind up on Parler and Rumble?
Via Zero Hedge