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YouTube suspends Sky News Australia channel

YouTube has temporarily suspended Sky News Australia from uploading new content following a review of posts uploaded by the channel.

The one-week suspension is resulting from what YouTube cited as Covid-19 misinformation being spread on the channel.

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It claimed that the news channel violated medical misinformation policies with some videos disregarding the existence of the virus and others encouraging the use of hydroxychloroquine.

The suspension was imposed three days ago, where the channel’s last video critiqued the efficacy of lockdowns as well as state authorities who ordered an extension on already-imposed lockdowns.

For the next seven days, the 1.85 million subscriber channel will be banned from uploading videos or live streams.

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A Sky News spokesperson stated, “we support broad discussion and debate on a wide range of topics and perspectives which is vital to any democracy”, while adding, “We take our commitment to meeting editorial and community expectations seriously.”

YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet, issues a maximum of three strikes to a channel before it faces permanent suspension.

The first strike results in a week-long suspension, the second strike results in a two-week suspension if the violation takes place within 90 days of the first strike, while the third and final strike results in a permanent suspension.

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