The 24-hour News Corp-owned cable channel, which also owns The Post, saw its YouTube account shut down on Thursday after a review of the page’s content reportedly unveiled videos denying the existence of COVID-19 and encouraging people to use experimental, untested drugs to treat the virus without context.
“Sky News Australia recognizes YouTube’s right to enforce its policies and looks forward to continuing to post popular news and analysis content to its subscribers in the near future,” Sky News said in a statement on its website.
A YouTube spokesperson said the clips were removed from the platform and the TV channel suspended “in accordance with … our long-standing system of strikes.”
Digital publisher Jack Houghton defended the videos in a column on the Sky News website.
“Among the videos deemed unpleasant for societal consumption were debates over the effectiveness of masks and the rationale for blockages given their adverse health effects,” Houghton wrote.
“The position taken by some commentators on this network was that masks are not effective in containing outbreaks, especially when they are posted outside in the fresh air. Some have also questioned the frequency and mechanisms of Australians being locked out.
Other commentators vehemently disagreed, and their views were published as well.
Houghton claimed that “most” of the removed content was from 2020 and that YouTube “examines the debates and discussions through the prism of contemporary health advice.”
In recent months, Facebook has blocked its users from sharing certain articles in the Post, including a column suggesting the COVID-19 virus may have leaked from a virology lab in Wuhan.
With post wires