YouTube has temporarily suspended OANN for promoting a fake COVID-19 cure on its channel.
A spokesperson for the video platform told Axios on Tuesday that One America News Network (OANN), a conservative news outlet, will not be able to post any new content on its YouTube channel for a week — and is also no longer able to monetize video content.
The one-week ban is considered a ‘strike’ under YouTube’s COVID-19 misinformation policy.
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The policy was implemented by Google in an attempt to stem a wave of fake news across social media and video services at the time of the first coronavirus outbreak, including fake COVID-19 cures and treatments, conspiracy theories concerning the origin of the virus, and stories claiming COVID-19 is a bioweapon.
YouTube removes content deemed to “pose a serious risk of egregious harm,” including videos peddling COVID-19 prevention,