OANN suspended on Youtube for a week after posting fake Covid-19 cure

The YouTube video sharing website logo will be displayed on a smartphone on November 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

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YouTube on Tuesday banned the One America News Network (OANN) from posting new videos and live streaming for a week after a right-wing media organization uploaded a fake cure for the coronavirus.

“After a thorough review, we removed a video from OANN and struck the channel for violating our COVID-19 misrepresentation policy, which prohibits content from claiming a guaranteed cure,” a YouTube spokesman told CNBC. “In addition, we have suspended the channel from the YouTube Partner Program due to repeated violations of our Covid-19 misrepresentation policies and the monetization policies of other channels, and as a result, monetization on YouTube.

It was not clear what exactly the OANN video said about a Covid-19 cure that caused YouTube to decide to suspend the channel.

Your organization will need to re-apply to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) to re-monetize your existing content. YPP is YouTube’s program that connects major YouTube channels with advertisers. YouTube has generally said that companies will only be readmitted after the issues leading to the suspension have been resolved.

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

Axios first reported that YouTube had suspended OANN.

An OANN representative could not be reached immediately for comment.

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