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Sky News Australia has received a temporary suspension from YouTube regarding Covid-19 reporting.
According to news reports, YouTube explained by stating:
“Specifically, we don’t allow content that denies the existence of COVID-19 or that encourages people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus. We do allow for videos that have sufficient countervailing context, which the violative videos did not provide.”
However, Sky News Australia said it “expressly rejects that any host has ever denied the existence of COVID-19 as was implied, and no such videos were ever published or removed.”
Sky News Australia digital editor Jack Houghton called the YouTube suspension a "disturbing" assault on freedom of thought.
Sky News Australia has been temporarily suspended from posting on the Google-owned platform YouTube for publishing opinion content the tech giant disagrees with. Among the videos deemed unpalatable for societal consumption were debates around whether masks were effective and whether lockdowns were justified when considering their adverse health outcomes.Jack Houghton, Sky News Digital Editor
While Big Tech censors have not commented on or removed disinformation by CDC and media outlets that have proven widly wrong on their Covid-19 reporting, it continues to selectively censor certain outlets and information-- even when the information is accurate. The "fact checking" has turned out to be a propaganda strategy backed by certain political and corporate interests to keep selected information from reaching the public.
According to Epoch Times:
One of Sky News’ news reporters has consistently been the first to cover controversial updates on global efforts to track down the origins of COVID-19, some of which were initially dismissed as “conspiracy theories” by other outlets but have since gained wider recognition as possible explanations.
Sky News Australia investigative reporter Sharri Markson was among the first to report on existing footage of bat research from inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology, dating back to May 2017, while members of the World Health Organizations investigative team continued to deny that live bats had ever been housed at the facility.