A pro-Trump video channel found itself awkwardly taking down conspiracy theories to stay on YouTube.
The Right Side Broadcasting Network, which prides itself on its live broadcast of Donald Trump’s rallies, has given guests the freedom to pitch paranoid theories about politics. Now, due to the recent crackdown on disinformation by YouTube, the channel cuts them.
“We have to be very careful,” said Liz Willis of RSBN recently. Told Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, which backs Trump, as he turned to the coronavirus vaccine conspiracy. “I hate doing it, you know I love you, but due to YouTube guidelines, we will shut down our entire platform if you talk about vaccines.”
In another awkward moment, caught by the daily beast, reporter Mike Nificent was interviewing attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference when a woman asked him a question.
“You know how they said they changed the votes using a satellite?” she asked, apparently alluding to some delusional theory about the 2020 election.
“We can’t go,” Nificent told him. “We will lose our entire platform. We have to follow the rules. “
YouTube has strengthened its policies against disinformation since the riot at the United States Capitol, itself largely spurred by conspiracy theories that the presidential election was stolen.
“Due to the disturbing events yesterday and given that the election results have now been certified, as of today * all channels that publish new videos containing false allegations in violation of our rules will now receive a warning, “YouTube wrote in a Twitter message January 7, referring to his “three strike” policy.
The platform has also increasingly cracked down on misinformation about Covid-19 and its vaccines. This puts any pro-Trump video channel in an awkward position, as one of the strongest voices promoting disinformation on both the 2020 election and COVID has been Mr. Trump himself – and that penchant for the plots filtered down to his supporters.
The result on RSBN has been a bizarre whack-a-mole conspiracy game, in which the anchors half-heartedly interrupt paranoid comments to which they themselves seem sympathetic.
In another example, reported by Raw story, a Trump supporter at CPAC told Nificent she knew President Biden stole the election.
“Well, some would say it wasn’t stolen,” Nificent replied. “They would say Biden won the presidential lounge.”
Shortly after, he added: “Wink, wink.”
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