“Sky News Australia recognizes the right of YouTube to enforce its policies and looks forward to continuing to post its popular news and analysis content to its subscribers in the near future,” Sky News said in a statement on its website at About the one week suspension.
Australian media reported that the week-long suspension was imposed on Thursday and followed a content review by Sky News Australia that allegedly denied the existence of Covid-19 or encouraged people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat coronavirus, without providing a compensatory background.
The 24-hour cable and TV channel, which claims to have 1.85 million YouTube subscribers, is operated by Australian News Channel Pty Ltd and is a subsidiary of News Corp Australia.
YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google, has confirmed the suspension.
“We apply our policies equally for everyone and in accordance with these policies and our long-standing system of strikes, have removed videos from Sky News Australia and launched a strike,” said a spokesperson for Youtube.
This raises questions for other media companies that host content on YouTube.