This will have the conspiracy theorists spinning. Youtube have stopped Murdoch’s Sky News Australia from uploading videos for the next seven days after the channel uploaded videos questioning Covid and advocating for the use of alternative medicines including Donald Trump’s favourite hydroxychloroquine.
From the Guardian:
Sky News Australia has been banned from uploading content to YouTube for seven days after violating its medical misinformation policies by posting numerous videos which denied the existence of Covid-19 or encouraged people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin.
The ban was imposed by the digital giant on Thursday afternoon, the day after the Daily Telegraph ended Alan Jones’s regular column amid controversy about his Covid-19 commentary which included calling the New South Wales chief health officer Kerry Chant a village idiot on his Sky News program.
News Corp told Guardian Australia the ending of Jones’s column did not mean the company does not support the “compelling” broadcaster.
YouTube has not disclosed which Sky News program the videos were from but said there were “numerous” offending videos which have now been removed.
The Guardian has identified six videos that caused the problem and have been removed.
Five of the six videos were from Dean and Panahi’s Outsiders program, and from 2020. Five of the six videos are either promoting hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin as treatment for Covid-19.
In one video, Panahi said “the leftist media’s disdain for Trump” meant it was “willing to have lives lost” due to opposition to hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19.
Another features Jones in April 2020, then hosting the Jones & Richo show, speaking to billionaire Clive Palmer after he had secured 32m doses of hydroxychloroquine for Australia.
The last video is Dean calling an incident about the removal of a family from a flight after their two-year-old child could not be fitted with a mask “evil” and “authoritarianism”.
Unbelievably the Australian authorities have refused so far to take action.
And Sky is having a normal one.
Sky News host Chris Kenny said on Monday that the ban was “cancel culture writ large” and “censorship”.
Houghton said the ban was based on “one factor, the political persuasion of the person making the comments” and a lack of freedom of speech led to “Holodomor, Auschwitz and Mao”.
A Sky News Australia spokesperson said: “We support broad discussion and debate on a wide range of topics and perspectives which is vital to any democracy.
“We take our commitment to meeting editorial and community expectations seriously.”
It did not take long for Godwin’s law to kick in.
I only hope that strikes two and three kick in. This sort of monetised hate speech is damaging and precisely what Australia does not need right now. Murdoch’s business model is to spread equal amounts of hatred and stupidity. There has to be a better way.