YouTube suspends OANN for per week after it posted faux Covid-19 remedy


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YouTube on Tuesday barred One America Information Community (OANN) from posting new movies and livestreaming for one week, after the right-leaning media group uploaded a faux remedy for the coronavirus.

“After cautious assessment, we eliminated a video from OANN and issued a strike on the channel for violating our COVID-19 misinformation coverage, which prohibits content material claiming there is a assured remedy,” a YouTube spokesperson informed CNBC. “Moreover, resulting from repeated violations of our Covid-19 misinformation coverage and different channel monetization insurance policies, we have suspended the channel from the YouTube Associate Program and consequently, its monetization on YouTube.

It was unclear what particularly OANN’s video mentioned a couple of Covid-19 remedy that made YouTube resolve to droop the channel.

The group should reapply to YouTube’s Associate Program (YPP) if it needs the power to earn money off of its current content material once more. YPP is YouTube’s program that connects giant YouTube channels with advertisers. YouTube mentioned broadly that firms will solely be readmitted after they’ve fastened the problems that led to suspension.

Tuesday’s transfer marks YouTube’s largest crackdown towards OANN. The social media big has been criticized for permitting OANN to unfold misinformation, similar to false claims that President Donald Trump gained the Presidential election.

Axios first reported on YouTube’s suspension of OANN.

A consultant from OANN couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

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