YouTube said on Sunday it had banned Sky News Australia from uploading new content for a week, citing concerns over Covid-19 disinformation.
The move comes after a review of messages uploaded by the Rupert Murdoch-owned TV station, which has a substantial online presence.
“We have clear and established Covid-19 medical disinformation policies (…)
With 1.86 million YouTube subscribers, the channel – which is owned by a subsidiary of Murdoch’s News Corp – has a conservative audience far beyond Australia.
His posts, including some wondering if there is a pandemic and the effectiveness of vaccines, are shared widely on social media forums around the world that spread misinformation about viruses and vaccines.
The latest YouTube upload, from three days ago, features a host claiming the lockdowns have failed and criticizing state officials for extending Sydney’s current stay-at-home orders.
Sky News confirmed the temporary ban and a spokesperson said “we support broad discussion and debate on a wide range of topics and perspectives that are vital to any democracy.”
“We take seriously our commitment to meet editorial and community expectations. “
YouTube has a “three warnings” policy for violations, with the first resulting in a one week suspension, a second warning within 90 days resulting in a two week ban, while a third means permanent removal from the platform. -form.
Former US President Donald Trump has been temporarily banned under this policy.
YouTube is owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet.
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