Days after being permanently , Dan Bongino also lost the ability to monetize Google ads. On Friday, the Bongino Report sent a tweet suggesting that Google had revoked the expert’s AdSense account. Later that same day, confirmed the suspension with Google. The company told the agency that Bongino’s website violated AdSense .
“We have strict policies for publishers that explicitly prohibit misleading and harmful content around the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrably false claims about our elections,” a Google spokesperson told Ploonge. “When publishers persistently violate our policies, we stop serving Google ads on their sites. Publishers can always appeal a decision after addressing any infringing content.”
Bogino’s YouTube ban was lifted by Google after the Fox News host tried to avoid an earlier suspension related to . He posted a video on one of his accounts questioning the effectiveness of masks against the coronavirus. At that point, YouTube temporarily suspended Bogino. It then permanently banned him after he tried to post the same video on another channel, thus violating the platform’s terms of service.
In an episode of his podcast titled “I’m challenging YouTube to do this,” Bogino said prior to the initial suspension that he would continue to post videos about his mask claims until the company acted. And while it looks like he actively courted Google to ban him in both cases, the loss of AdSense revenue has the potential to hurt Bongino more than losing access to YouTube. On twitter, , the co-founder of , a nonprofit dedicated to fighting disinformation in the digital advertising industry, said Gateway Pundit, a website that spreads the word about COVID-19 and electoral disinformation, lost $1.1 million in annual revenue after Google revoked your AdSense account.
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