September 25, 2020

Coronavirus: David Icke’s channel deleted by YouTube

YouTube has deleted the conspiracy theorist David Icke’s official channel from its platform.

The Google-owned video clip service acted after repeatedly warning Mr Icke that he had violated its policies by posting misleading information about the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the firm will still allow videos posted by others that feature Mr Icke to remain live, so long as their content does not break its rules.

It follows a similar ban by Facebook.

“YouTube has clear policies prohibiting any content that disputes the existence and transmission of Covid-19 as described by the WHO and the NHS,” a spokeswoman told the BBC.

“Due to continued violation of these policies, we have terminated David Icke’s YouTube channel.”

The channel had more than 900,000 subscribers at the time it was removed. The last clip Mr Icke had posted on Friday – about his Facebook ban – had about 120,000 views.

YouTube confirmed Mr Icke would not be allowed to start again by setting up a new channel.

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