For suspected content policy breaches, YouTube blocks TalkRadio


The station insists on ‘strong editorial control’ with hosts such as James Whale and Julia Hartley-Brewer

Owing to numerous breaches of the content standards of the website, YouTube has removed digital broadcaster TalkRadio from its platform, leaving the station struggling to find other outlets where it can screen clips of its debate and discussion shows.

A spokeswoman said, “We are urgently awaiting a detailed response from Google/YouTube about the nature of the violation that led to our channel being removed from its platform. “TalkRadio is an Ofcom-licensed and regulated channel with robust editorial controls and is careful to balance debate. We frequently review government information and have controls in place, use verifiable sources and provide room for a careful range of voices and opinions. On Tuesday, the station posted its clips to other social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. The Guardian was told by a TalkRadio source that the issue is especially acute for programs that host public coronavirus discussions. “You can have a debate about a topic, and if someone thinks it undermines official guidelines in any way, it’s classified as medical misinformation,” the insider said. The content moderation scheme of YouTube enforces a “three strikes” rule, under which accounts can receive “strikes” for uploading guideline-violating content.

A single strike carries a number of limitations, but a channel that receives three strikes in a span of 90 days would be completely excluded from the network. “contradicts local health authority information or World Health Organization medical information on Covid-19.”contradicts Covid-19 local health authority information or World Health Organization medical information. I don’t believe in censorship, and we have a free and equal press, and we have distinguished journalists and interviewers who question the stance of the government,” Gove said, “from Lord Sumption to, and so be it, Peter Hitchens and others.

I think it is entirely correct that people should ask questions. “The definition of medical misinformation by YouTube, while comparable to that of rivals such as Facebook and Twitter, has also drawn criticism. Commentators have noted that the rule prevents criticism of organizations that have changed their advice over the course of the pandemic, in some cases significantly.” In March 2020, for example, several tech platforms classified as misinformation claims that wearing masks could help prevent covid from spreading; now, these same tech platforms classify as misinformation claims that wearing masks would not help prevent covid from spreading.

“In both cases, according to an Ofcom spokesperson, the decision is based on statements made by local and international health authorities: “This was a YouTube decision.

“The TalkRadio channel falls under our broadcasting code, like other UK broadcasters. When we evaluate programs under our rules, we take into account the right of a broadcaster to freedom of expression and the right of listeners to receive information and ideas. “YouTube has been contacted for comment.


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