YouTube removes Steve Bannon podcast channel over false election claims

YouTube removes Steve Bannon podcast channel over false election claims

YouTube recently pulled former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon's “War Room” podcast channel from its platform.

The social media giant on Friday removed the podcast channel citing noncompliance with its community guidelines.

“In accordance with our strikes system, we have terminated Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Veteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Likely Cheney successor appears on Bannon show to tout GOP unity MORE’s channel ‘War Room’ and one associated channel for repeatedly violating our Community Guidelines," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to The Wrap. "As we said yesterday, any channel posting new videos with misleading content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election in violation of our policies will receive a strike, a penalty which temporarily restricts uploading or live-streaming. Channels that receive three strikes in the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube.”


The Hill has reached out to YouTube for comment.

YouTube released new guidelines on Wednesday stating that it would not be tolerant of any channels that spread false information.


The URL that formerly hosted Bannon's podcast channel now displays an error message when visited.

Bannon's Twitter account was suspended in November after he called for leading infectious diseases expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciBiden to appear on MSNBC before town hall on vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' MORE's head "on pikes" on his podcast.

Twitter said Bannon's account was suspended for violating "our policy on the glorification of violence" at the time.

President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE was also recently removed from Twitter following his involvement in inciting a riot at the Capitol this week. The president has since suggested that he may build his own online platform.