YouTube said on Wednesday that it was terminating accounts linked to Dan Bongino, a Popular right-wing radio station and Fox News hostalmost two weeks after they first suspended his channel for violating the Covid-19 misinformation policy.
A former New York City cop and Secret Service agent turned doctor, Bongino is a vocal critic of vaccine missions. His posts are consistently among the most read on Facebook. On YouTube, his main Dan Bongino channel has 882,000 subscribers, according to Social Bladea social media analytics company.
In a statement on Wednesday, YouTube said one of Bongino’s accounts was suspended for a week on January 14 after he posted a video saying surgical cloth and masks were useless in prevent the spread of Covid – a false statement that violates the company. misinformation policy.
Last Thursday, before the seven-day suspension had passed, a second account linked to Mr Bongino posted another video repeating his claims about the effectiveness of the masks. This is again a violation of Google’s misinformation policy and terms of service for attempting to circumvent the original suspension by posting content on a separate channel.
After Mr. Bongino posted another video on Tuesday – while his second suspension was still in effect – YouTube decided to permanently remove both of his channels for trying to follow the company’s rules.
“We terminated Dan Bongino’s channels for violating our terms of service by posting a video while this account was on strike and suspension,” YouTube, a unit of Google, said. in a statement. The company clarified that Mr. Bongino is not authorized to use, own or create any other YouTube channels.
Mr. Bongino did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Last week, Mr. Bongino posted a podcast episode titled “I dare on YouTube to do this”. During the show, he pledged to keep posting videos with his claims about masks, and he dared to let the company take action.
In a video on Rumble, a YouTube competitor popular with a right-wing audience, Bongino shows an email he claims was sent to a YouTube official. In the email, he wrote that he knew it was only “a matter of time” until YouTube tried to “silence” him.
“I am anxiously awaiting this moment,” he wrote. Mr. Bongino also said that he is an investor in Rumble and that he has twice as many followers there than on YouTube. “I dare you to do something about it.”
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