YouTube suspends OANN for a week after it posted fake Covid-19 cure

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YouTube on Tuesday blocked an America News Network (OANN) from posting new videos and livestreaming for a week after the right-leaning media organization uploaded a fake treatment for coronovirus.

A YouTube spokesperson told CNBC, “After careful review, we removed a video from OANN and issued a strike on the channel for violating our COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits claiming content is.” “Additionally, due to repeated violations of our Kovid-19 misinformation policy and other channel monetization policies, we have suspended the channel from the YouTube Partner Program and, as a result, its monetization on YouTube.

It was unclear what the video of OANN specifically said about the Kovid-19 treatment, which led YouTube to decide to suspend the channel.

The organization will have to reapply to YouTube’s Partner Program (YPP) if it wants the ability to recreate its existing content. YPP is YouTube’s program that connects large YouTube channels with advertisers. YouTube broadly stated that the companies would be read only after fixing the issues that were due to the suspension.

Tuesday’s move marked YouTube’s biggest crackdown against OANN. The social media veteran was criticized for allowing OAN to spread misinformation, such as false claims that President Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Axios first reported YouTube’s suspension of OANN.

A representative of OANN could not immediately be reached for comment.

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