YouTube suspends OANN for every week after posting a pretend Covid-19 remedy


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YouTube prevented One America News Network from posting new videos and livestreams for a week on Tuesday after the right-wing media organization uploaded a fake cure for the coronavirus.

"After careful review, we removed a video from OANN and posted a strike on the channel for violating our COVID-19 misinformation policy, which bans content that claims there is a guaranteed cure," a YouTube spokesman said opposite CNBC. "Due to repeated violations of our Covid-19 policy for misinformation and other guidelines for the monetization of channels, we have excluded the channel from the YouTube partner program and thus from its monetization on YouTube.

It was unclear what specifically OANN's video said about a Covid-19 cure that caused YouTube to suspend the channel.

The organization will need to reapply for the YouTube Affiliate Program (YPP) if they want to get back to making money from their existing content. YPP is YouTube's program that connects large channels on the platform with advertisers. YouTube broadly said that companies will only resume after addressing the issues that led to the suspension.

Tuesday's move marks YouTube's biggest crackdown on OANN. The social media giant has been criticized for allowing OANN to spread misinformation, such as false claims that President Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Axios reported for the first time about the suspension of OANN by YouTube.

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

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Katherine Clark