YouTube suspends Sky News Australia channel

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YouTube said Sunday it had barred Sky News Australia from uploading caller contented for 1 week, citing concerns astir COVID-19 misinformation.

The determination comes aft a reappraisal of posts uploaded by the Rupert Murdoch-owned TV channel, which has a important online presence.

"We person wide and established COVID-19 aesculapian policies... to forestall the dispersed of COVID-19 misinformation that could origin real-world harm," a YouTube connection said.

With 1.86 cardinal YouTube subscribers, the channel—which is owned by a subsidiary of Murdoch's News Corp—has a blimpish pursuing good beyond Australia.

Its posts, including immoderate questioning whether determination is simply a pandemic and the efficacy of vaccines, are wide shared connected societal media forums astir the satellite that dispersed microorganism and vaccine misinformation.

The past YouTube upload, from 3 days ago, features a big claiming that lockdowns person failed and criticising authorities authorities for extending Sydney's existent stay-at-home orders.

Sky News confirmed the impermanent prohibition and a spokesperson said "we enactment wide treatment and statement connected a wide scope of topics and perspectives which is captious to immoderate democracy".

"We instrumentality our committedness to gathering editorial and assemblage expectations seriously."

YouTube has a "three strikes" argumentation connected violations, with the archetypal resulting successful a one-week suspension, a 2nd onslaught wrong 90 days producing a two-week ban, portion a 3rd means imperishable removal from the platform.

Former US president Donald Trump was temporarily banned nether the policy.

YouTube is owned by Google genitor institution Alphabet.

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