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YouTube Suspends Australian News Site For Discussing Data It Doesn’t Like

Video hosting website YouTube has suspended Sky News Australia‘s channel for a week after claiming that they violated the Google-enforced guidelines on COVID news and content. The videos in question include debates over the effectiveness of mask wearing, criticizing the lopsided logic of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other allegations slipped under the banner of “COVID misinformation.” Sky News Australia’s platform currently hosts 1.86 million subscribers and is seen as a prominent conservative news source and therefore subject to the whims of Alphabet-Google. Digital Editor Jack Houghton argues YouTube’s decision to suspend Sky News Australia is a disturbing attack on the ability to think freely.https://t.co/E7kSwuhfwe— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August 1, 2021 Responding to the uproar over their strict moderation of discussion on public health policies, YouTube released a statement citing their pliable guidelines regarding COVID misinformation to justify their ban: “We have clear and established COVID-19 medical misinformation policies… to prevent the spread of COVID-19 misinformation that could cause real-world harm.” Digital editor at Sky News Australia Jack Houghton released a statement on YouTube’s decision to accuse Sky News of “misinformation,” accusing the platform of being intolerant to opposing views regarding COVID: “Sky News Australia has been temporarily suspended from […]

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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