Makes sense, fake news network promotes fake cure.
Courtesy of Axios:
YouTube has barred One America News Network from posting new videos for a week and stripped it of its ability to make money off existing content after the Trump-friendly channel uploaded a video promoting a phony cure for COVID-19, YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi tells Axios.
YouTube has been criticized for allowing OANN to spread misinformation using its platform, particularly around coronavirus and the election. This marks the Google-owned service’s first crackdown against OANN.
Details: OANN’s one-week suspension from posting new videos or livestreams is the result of a “strike” YouTube issued for violating its COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits saying there is a guaranteed cure to the virus. YouTube took down the video that triggered the strike.
OANN is also suspended from the YouTube Partner Program, which means if it wants to monetize its videos again, it will have to re-apply.
YouTube has a three-strikes policy before an account is terminated. This is OANN’s first strike, but it has violated the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy before, meaning it gets no more warnings if it breaks the rules again — just additional strikes.
YouTube says it does not consider OANN an authoritative news source.
“YouTube says it does not consider OANN an authoritative news source.” Boy, there’s an understatement for you.
This is actually pretty bad news for OANN.
Currently, they are being widely promoted by Trump and his sycophants and are competing with Newsmax for refugees from Fox News, with whom Trump is currently fighting.
This could give Newsmax a head start, and they could become the disinformation spreader that replaces Fox News in the hearts of Trump supporters.
Personally, I don’t care where these pinheads receive their confirmation bias, I just accept that they are the low hanging fruit that Right Wing politicians can pluck at their leisure to help win elections and spread bullshit on Facebook.