YouTube has suspended Alpha News for one week for publishing President Donald Trump’s full speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Sunday.
YouTube said the video was removed because it violated the company’s “spam, deceptive practices and scams policy.”
“Content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches changed the outcome of the U.S. 2020 presidential election is not allowed on YouTube,” said an email sent to Alpha News.
Alpha News appealed the suspension, noting that Reuters, The Hill, and ABC News have posted the same exact speech (in full and unedited) with no penalties. The appeal was rejected Tuesday morning and the videos of Trump’s speech from Reuters, The Hill, and ABC remained published on YouTube as of Tuesday afternoon.
“We reviewed your content carefully, and have confirmed that it violates our spam, deceptive practices and scams policy. We know this is probably disappointing news, but it’s our job to make sure that YouTube is a safe place for all,” YouTube said in rejecting the appeal.
As of Dec. 9, YouTube’s “spam, deceptive practices and scams policy” includes a “Presidential Election Integrity policy,” which allows the company to “remove content that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome” of the 2020 election.
Under the suspension, Alpha News is prohibited from uploading, posting, or livestreaming videos for one week.
The video in question was a stream from Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) of Trump’s keynote speech at CPAC and was posted to the Alpha News YouTube channel with permission from RSBN.
Update: YouTube has now removed the videos of Trump’s speech published by Reuters, The Hill, and ABC News. It’s unclear exactly when the videos were removed, but all three were still viewable after Alpha News’ appeal was rejected.