YouTube bars right-wing media personality Dan Bongino

YouTube said on Wednesday it had terminated accounts associated with Dan Bongino, a popular right-wing radio and Fox News host, nearly two weeks after he first suspended his channel for violating its Covid-19 misinformation policy. 19.

A former New York City police officer and Secret Service agent turned pundit, Mr. Bongino is an outspoken critic of vaccination mandates. His posts are regularly among the most read on Facebook. On YouTube, his main channel Dan Bongino had 882,000 subscribers, according to Social bladea social media analytics company.

In a statement on Wednesday, YouTube said one of Mr Bongino’s accounts was suspended for a week on January 14 after posting a video saying cloth and surgical masks were useless in stopping the spread of Covid – a false claim that violated society. misinformation policy.

Last Thursday, before the end of the seven-day suspension, a second account associated with Mr. Bongino posted another video that repeated his claim about the effectiveness of masks. This again violated the Misinformation Policy and violated Google’s Terms of Service for attempting to circumvent the original suspension by posting content to a separate channel.

After Mr Bongino posted another video on Tuesday – while his second suspension was still active – YouTube decided to permanently remove both of his channels for trying to circumvent the company’s rules.

“We have terminated Dan Bongino’s Channels for circumventing our Terms of Service by posting a video while there was an active strike and suspension associated with the account,” YouTube, a unit of Google, said in a statement. . The company clarified that Mr. Bongino was not authorized to use, own or create other YouTube channels.

Mr. Bongino did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Last week, Mr. Bongino released a podcast episode titled “I Dare YouTube Do This.” On the show, he pledged to continue posting videos with his mask claims, and he challenged the company to take action.

In a video on Rumble, a popular YouTube competitor among right-wing audiences, Mr. Bongino showed an email he said was sent to a YouTube executive. In the email, he wrote that he knew it was only a “matter of time” until YouTube tried to “shut him up”.

“I’ve been looking forward to this moment,” he wrote. Mr. Bongino also said he was an investor in Rumble and had twice as many followers as on YouTube. “I challenge you to do something about it.”

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