YouTube has shut down the One America News Network (OANN) channel for repeated breaches of the COVID-19 video disinformation sharing platform policy, YouTube confirmed on Tuesday. The channel has also been demonetized as a result of the shutdown, YouTube added.
“Ever since the beginning of this pandemic, we have been working to prevent the spread of harmful misinformation related to COVID-19 on YouTube. “After careful review, we removed a video from OANN and issued a warning to the COVID-19 misinformation channel about a policy that prohibits content that claims to have guaranteed treatment,” a statement from YouTube said. “In addition, due to repeated violations of our COVID-1
YouTube has a policy of three warnings before removing an account. The OANN channel is still live, but the strike means it can’t upload new videos or launch new live streams in a week. To make money from videos in the future, OANN will need to re-apply to the YouTube Partner Program. Sending back to the program will require the account to fix any issues that caused the suspension.
OANN recently became a favorite of President Donald Trump. The president repeatedlysegments of the network promoting unfounded conspiracy theories of massive voter fraud and rigging of voting machines in the presidential election.
YouTube has no policy prohibiting false allegations of elections. The platform before thatto download a video from OANN claiming that Mr Trump won the 2020 election. The video was uploaded the day after the election, before an official news source made a prediction. CBS News predicts Joe Biden as the winner on November 7.
Initially, YouTube added a box below the video, noting that the election results were not final, and included a link to a Google search to count the votes. On November 7, YouTube updated the box to say that the Associated Press declared Biden the winner of the election.
OANN made headlines earlier in the year when the White House Correspondents Association removed the network from the White House’s daily rotation after one of the newsletter staff members twice. The employee, Chanel Rion, continued to attend briefings as a White House guest.
Stephen Handel contributed to the reporting.