One America News Network has been suspended for one week from YouTube and is unable to post new videos or livestreams. This “strike” by YouTube is for a violation of YouTube’s policy on COVID-19 misinformation.
Axios reported that OANN has been demonetized, as well, due to a suspension from the YouTube Partner Program. OANN will have to reapply to that program to begin earning revenue from their videos again.
YouTube has stated that they do not believe OANN to be an authoritative news source.
CNN quoted the statement by YouTube’s Ivy Choi:
“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 content claiming there’s a guaranteed cure,” Ivy Choi, a YouTube spokesperson, told CNN in a statement.
“Additionally, due to repeated violations of our Covid-19 misinformation policy and other channel monetization policies, we’ve suspended the channel from the YouTube Partner Program and as a result, its monetization on YouTube,” Choi added.
CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan noted that OANN is carried by several cable companies, “OANN, which has become a hub of conspiracy theories undermining the integrity of the election, is also carried by major cable operators, including DirecTV, which is owned by CNN’s parent company AT&T.”
❗❗ OANN, which has become a hub of conspiracy theories undermining the integrity of the election, is also carried by major cable operators, including DirecTV, which is owned by CNN’s parent company AT&T. https://t.co/FCSM1HLOtH
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) November 24, 2020
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