YouTube has suspended popular news channel The Hill to run a clip claiming former President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election has been stolen.
YouTube has suspended The Hill’s channel after it posted two clips denying the legitimacy of its morning show, “Rising” election results, for violating Rising’s Twitter account policy. Says Thursday. The Hill channel is unable to upload new videos for seven days, although older videos can still be accessed.
“We cover former President Trump’s comments on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” Rising’s Twitter account Says. “In a soundbite, he reiterated his claim that the 2020 election was stolen. Our talks focused on what Trump said about Putin and did not explicitly refute the allegations of electoral fraud. ” (Related: YouTube deletes Ron Paul channel, rejects appeal, then restores it after calling on Twitter)
The Content Trump speaks to Fox News host Laura Ingraham on the question and blames Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the election results, as well as raw footage denying the legitimacy of Trump’s election results during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). .
YouTube suspends The Hill — which produces Rising, with which I co-host @Riangrim And ImKimIversenShow– For electoral misinformation. It’s a crazy story that shows how this policy goes much, much further than anyone knows, and actually hurts journalism. https://t.co/7UZ5k3rBYP
– Robi Sove (bbrobbysoave) March 3, 2022
“It’s hard to understand how the cause of the fight against misinformation can be better served by punishing news channels that educate viewers about what their political leaders are saying,” Rising host Robbie Sove told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Arriving for comment, Ivy Choi, YouTube policy communications manager, confirmed that the channel has been suspended for posting content in violation of YouTube policy.
“We have removed content from this channel and issued a strike in violation of our electoral integrity policy, and as a result, the channel has been suspended from releasing new videos or livestreams for seven days,” Choi told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “We allow content with adequate educational, documentary, scientific or artistic context that was not in the removed content.”
Sov addressed the suspension in an article for the argument, arguing that YouTube’s broad electoral integrity policy “effectively prohibits live news reporting on YouTube.”
“Banning those who make false claims is one thing for YouTube,” Sov wrote. “It’s different for YouTube to ban people from educating their viewers about the fact that the former president is still spreading these false claims.”
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