MELBOURNE, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Sky Information Australia stated on Sunday it has been quickly suspended by the video-sharing website YouTube following the platform’s evaluate of content material for compliance with its COVID-19 insurance policies.
“Sky Information Australia acknowledges YouTube’s proper to implement its insurance policies and appears ahead to persevering with to publish its well-liked information and evaluation content material to its subscribers shortly,” Sky Information stated in a press release on its web site concerning the one-week suspension.
The 24-hour cable and tv channel, which claims to have 1.85 million YouTube subscribers, is operated by Australian Information Channel Pty Ltd and is a subsidiary of Information Corp Australia.
YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google , confirmed the suspension.
“We apply our insurance policies equally for everybody and in accordance with these insurance policies and our long-standing strikes system, eliminated movies from and issued a strike to Sky Information Australia’s channel,” a YouTube spokesperson stated.
Australian media reported that the one-week suspension was issued on Thursday and got here after a evaluate of Sky Information Australia’s content material that allegedly denied the existence of Covid-19 or inspired folks to make use of hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to deal with the coronavirus, with out offering countervailing context.
Reporting by Lidia Kelly, Enhancing by Raju Gopalakrishnan