YouTube suspends Fox News host Dan Bongino over Covid misinformation

Topline

Right-wing commentator Dan Bongino’s popular YouTube channel has been suspended for violating the platform’s Covid disinformation policy, after Bongino falsely claimed in a video that masks are “useless” in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Highlights

A YouTube spokesperson said Forbes Bongino’s channel also had its monetization suspended for “repeated violation of our advertiser guidelines on harmful and unsafe acts.”

Bongino’s comments represented first attack on his channel, says YouTube – platform policy States three strikes in a 90 day period will result in a permanent ban.

After the suspension was announced, Bongino retweeted an image appearing to show him sending a profanity email to a YouTube representative, saying he “will immediately post content asking why the masks were totally ineffective” upon his return, closing the post by saying “respectfully kiss my ass.”

Bongino did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.

Large number

869,000. This is the number of subscribers Bongino has for his YouTube channel.

Key context

Bongino is widely took into consideration one of the leading conservative media personalities, especially after his Fox affiliate radio show, The Dan Bongino Show, took over the timeslot from the late Rush Limbaugh’s show in many markets last year. Bongino’s Facebook page is also one of the most popular conservative news sources on the platform and is responsible for the most popular link post in the past week.

To monitor

bongino was suspended from Twitter last year after posting a video that violated the platform’s policies against promoting violence following the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. He swore he would never return to Twitter, although he remained an active user after the suspension.

Further reading

How Dan Bongino went from a failed congressional candidate to one of the kings of conservative media (initiated)

Dan Bongino of Fox News is leading the resurgence of conservative news on Facebook (Forbes)

Fox News’ Dan Bongino Won’t Return to Twitter After Suspend: ‘F– You’ (packaging)

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