fox news Right-wing presenter and commentator Dan Bongino won’t be able to upload anything to his YouTube channel for a week, according to Forbes and the hill. The site has temporarily suspended its account for misinformation about COVID-19, specifically for saying that masks are useless to stop the spread of the coronavirus. YouTube updated your rules in 2020 to ban “content about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of egregious harm”. It does not allow videos with medical misinformation that contradict local health authorities such as the World Health Organization.
The organization considers wearing masks “a key measure to reduce transmission and save lives”. This is why YouTube explicitly states that videos containing claims that wearing masks has negative side effects and that they do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19 are against its policy. The site has suspended several creators for misinformation about COVID-19 in the past, including Sky News Australia, An American news network and Senator Rand Paul.
Bongino is just getting a one-week suspension because it’s his first strike under the policy. If he receives another strike within 90 days, he will receive another two-week suspension. His channel will only be removed if he receives a third notice within three months. In addition to suspending his uploads, YouTube also demonetized his channel for “repeatedly violating [its] Friendly Guidelines for Advertising Harmful and Dangerous Acts.” However, he will be able to re-enroll in the Partner Program after 30 days.
That said, it looks like Bongino has plans to continue breaking YouTube’s COVID-19 rules. THE Bongino report website twitter published a copy of his email to YouTube, which informs the customer service representative that he will “immediately post content on why masks were totally ineffective in stopping this pandemic” after the suspension ends. He challenged YouTube to do something about it. Bongino also called the site (and by extension Google) “tyrannical, free speech hating, bullshit, big tech shit”.
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