YouTube said on Tuesday that it had banned the right-wing media “U.S. News.” from publishing new videos for a week because it violated the website’s rules on content that claims to be able to cure COVID-19.
A YouTube spokesperson said that due to repeated violations of the COVID-19 misinformation policy and other regulations, OAN has also been suspended from monetizing its videos. You must reapply for OAN to make profits again.
This month, President Donald Trump advocated OAN, calling it an “excellent alternative” to Fox News. The media has amplified Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud in the US presidential election.
YouTube said that before deleting the account, it had a “three-strike policy”, which was OAN’s first strike. OAN did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
A YouTube spokesperson said that a deleted OAN video violated its coronavirus misinformation regulations, claiming that despite lack of scientific evidence, an anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine touted by Trump can cure COVID-19.
Lawmakers and researchers are reviewing YouTube and other major online platforms to curb misinformation on their websites. After the election in November, Reuters identified multiple YouTube channels that profited from advertising and membership, which intensified the debunked allegations of voting fraud.
In a congressional hearing with the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter last week, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal criticized YouTube’s owner Google, saying it was “passed” and was “cowardly” in content review. And be rewarded.
The four Democratic senators also wrote to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on Tuesday, urging the video platform to delete content that it allegedly misinformed the results of the election and requesting access to the U.S. Senate in Georgia. Information on measures taken on the eve of the general election.
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