Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) said it has been suspended by YouTube for two weeks because it broadcast former President Donald Trump’s Feb. 28 speech.
The media outlet wrote that YouTube claimed the video “violated their guidelines on election misinformation.”
Trump delivered a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 28, during which he briefly touched on the Nov. 3 election.
RSBN wrote on Twitter on Feb. 28 that “we try to play by the rules, but we will not censor President Trump.”
A search of YouTube suggests that other live streams of Trump’s speech were also taken down. The Epoch Times has reached out to the Google-owned video hosting platform for comment.
Earlier this week, YouTube suspended the channel of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for a second time because Giuliani allegedly violated the platform’s policies in nicotine use and the election, most likely in reference to his promotion of cigars during his videos.
“We removed content from the Rudy W. Giuliani channel for violating our sale of regulated goods policy, which prohibits content facilitating the use of nicotine, and our presidential election integrity policy,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement.
The Epoch Times itself was demonetized by YouTube in late January without prior warning or a specific reason outlining why.
The move against RSBN—which broadcast most of Trump’s rallies during his 2016 campaign and while he was president—is certain to trigger even more criticism of Big Tech’s censorship of dissenting viewpoints.
Trump himself offered a warning about the potentially unchecked power of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and others in his speech, saying they should face punishment if they silence conservative voices.