Podcaster and right-wing commentator Dan Bongino has been sanctioned by YouTube for posting a video calling them ‘unnecessary’ Covid face masks.
The former secret service agent, who has nearly 870,000 subscribers on YouTube, has been removed for the time being from the YouTube Partner Program, which allows him to monetize his videos through advertising.
He was also suspended from posting new videos on the site for a week. If he further violates the company’s prohibitions on Covid misinformation, he could lose the channel altogether.
“We removed a video for violating our policies on COVID-19 misinformation, specifically for comments that masks are unnecessary, leading to an initial strike on the channel,” a YouTube spokesperson said. . The daily beast.
On Friday, the Bongino Report, one of Mr. Bongino’s businesses, shared an image of an expletive email he sent to YouTube in response to the suspensions, calling the site a “s** platform *”.
“If I said I was surprised here, I would be lying,” the post read. “We knew it was only a matter of time before the tyrannical, free speech hating, bullshit, big tech bastard you work for tried to silence us.”
The conservative host promised to continue posting about “why masks have been totally ineffective in stopping this pandemic”, signing the message “Respectfully kiss my A**”.
The independent contacted Mr. Bongino for comment.
Despite being immunocompromised and vaccinated against Covid himself, Mr Bongino has spoken out against Covid safety measures like masks and vaccine mandates, calling the latter ‘totalitarian’ in a recent interview with the new yorker.
He has frequently fought the media on burning issues like Covid, free speech and the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol.
Mr Bongino once threatened to quit Cumulus Media, which distributes his radio show, over the company’s vaccine mandate, proclaiming at the time: “I don’t believe this is based on any science”. Later, he gave in and returned to the air.
The provocative host has financial interests in a number of alternative media sites with looser content rules, including the Rumble video site, where he has about 2 million subscribers.
It is also a investor to talk, an alternative social media site popular with Trump supporters, where users sometimes posted incitement to violence and crime. The app grew rapidly but was removed from app stores and Amazon’s web hosting service earlier this year, a move Mr Bongino blamed on “Apple communists, d ‘Amazon and Google’.
Following the US Capitol riot on January 6, Mr Bongino was suspended from Twitter for posting a video of former President Trump containing false allegations of voter fraud. The host then left the platform, saying, “Twitter needs me. I don’t need Twitter.
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