YouTube has removed UK’s talkRADIO’s channel from its platform apparently on the grounds of breaching Covid-19 content guidelines.
The London-based station broadcasts a live stream from its studio on its YouTube channel and regularly feature guests who have questioned the official covid narrative.
A spokesperson for talkRADIO said:
“We urgently await a detailed response from Google/YouTube about the nature of the breach that has led to our channel being removed from its platform.
“talkRADIO is an Ofcom licensed and regulated broadcaster and has robust editorial controls in place, taking care to balance debate. We regularly interrogate government data and we have controls in place, use verifiable sources and give space to a careful selection of voices and opinions.”
The tech giant has yet to respond to Press Gazette’s request for an explanation about why the channel has been deleted and what the process was which led to this action.
Leaked documents show how YouTube created a blacklist for search terms related to last year’s abortion referendum.
[US-based] Project Veritas has obtained a youtube-blacklist-large-upload from an insider at YouTube which appears to show the manipulation of political content in an Irish election.
The document entitled, “youtube_controversial_query_blacklist,” seems to show a series of blacklisted terms by YouTube.
These terms include phrases that are directly related to the referendum that occurred in May of 2018 to repeal the 8th Amendment in Ireland.
In the run-up to the vote, Google publicly announced that it had suspended all advertising connected to the referendum as part of an effort to protect “election integrity.”
Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:
“On Monday Project Veritas released a viral investigation that raised questions of Google’s interference in American elections. This new document shows their subsidiary, YouTube, appeared to have attempted to influence elections in Ireland.”
A YouTube spokesperson said:
“… In the midst of the Irish referendum on abortion, our systems brought authoritative content to the top of our search results for abortion-related queries. This happened for both pro-choice and pro-life queries, there was no distinction.”