YouTube bans Steve Bannon’s Battle Room podcast channel
YouTube on Friday mentioned it banned the channel of Steve Bannon’s fashionable Battle Room podcast, after it repeatedly violated the Google-owned platform’s guidelines.
The ban got here hours after the previous White Home chief strategist had Rudy Guiliani, President Donald Trump’s private lawyer, on this system following the violent insurgency on the US Capitol earlier this week. The riot left 5 individuals lifeless as rioters breached the constructing to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden as the subsequent US president.
“In accordance with our strikes system, now we have terminated Steve Bannon’s channel ‘Battle room’ and one related channel for repeatedly violating our Group Tips,” a YouTube spokesman mentioned in a press release. Along with the Battle Room channel, YouTube mentioned it took down one other one related to Bannon.
Beneath YouTube’s guidelines, three strikes inside a 90-day interval end in completely being kicked off the platform. The primary strike comes with a one-week ban from posting content material. The second strike comes with a two-week ban.
The ban comes as social platforms have cracked down on misinformation and content material that would incite violence following the storming of the Capitol. Twitter on Friday banned Trump completely from its platform, whereas Fb has banned him indefinitely.
YouTube mentioned Bannon’s violations have been associated to a coverage tweak the corporate introduced Thursday. The platform mentioned it could now challenge a strike on any account that posts movies making false claims about election fraud.
The corporate first introduced the coverage replace towards election fraud claims final month however allowed a grace interval earlier than offenders have been penalized with strikes. The grace interval was set to run out on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 however that deadline was moved up after the assault on the Capitol.
YouTube mentioned it issued two strikes towards Bannon’s channels on Thursday for a pair of movies that violated the platform’s guidelines, although the corporate did not specify which movies have been taken down. Bannon could not instantly be reached for remark.
Thursday’s strikes have been added to a different one issued in November, after Bannon known as for the beheading of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s high infectious illness professional. Within the video, Bannon says the heads of Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray needs to be displayed on pikes on the White Home “as a warning to federal bureaucrats.”