According to Axios, YouTube suspended One America News Network’s (OANN) ability to post new content for one week and demonitized its existing content after the pro-Trump channel uploaded a video pushing a fake COVID cure.
YouTube has been criticized for allowing OANN to spread misinformation using its platform, particularly around coronavirus and the election. This marks the Google-owned service’s first crackdown against OANN.
OANN’s one-week suspension from posting new videos or livestreams 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 took down the video that triggered the strike.
Axios noted that this is OANN’s first strike on YouTube, which has a three-strikes policy before terminating an account. But because the network has violated YouTube’s COVID misinformation policy before, OANN won’t get any warnings for future violations. Just more strikes.
YouTube, like other platforms, has grown more willing to take action against conservative-leaning accounts that spread misinformation. It has also been trying to provide greater visibility to legitimate news outlets.
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