YouTube had fined podcaster Dan Bongino for spreading Covid-19 misinformation on the platform after he called masks “useless” on his channel
Conservative radio host Dan Bongino is being praised by his fans after he decided to speak his mind to YouTube after his channel was suspended on the streaming platform. YouTube fines the podcaster for spreading Covid-19 misinformation on the platform after Bogino called masks “useless” in fighting the pandemic.
Bongino, who also happens to be a former Secret Service agent, has been removed for the time being from the YouTube affiliate program that allowed him to monetize his content through advertising. Additionally, after amassing nearly 870,000 subscribers on YouTube, Bongino was banned from posting new videos on the site for a week. He faces a total ban from the platform if he continues to violate the company’s policies on Covid misinformation. “We removed a video for violating our COVID-19 misinformation policy, specifically for comments about masks being useless, which led to a first strike on the channel,” a YouTube spokesperson told The Daily Beast.
Bongino strikes back at YouTube
Bongino didn’t take the news of his suspension. Instead, he retweeted an image that appeared to show him sending an obscene email to a YouTube representative. In it, he said that he wasn’t surprised by the “tyrannical, free speech-hating, bulls**t, big tech s**thole” being penalized on his channel. He added that when he returns, he will “immediately post content questioning why masks have been totally ineffective,” closing the message with the words “kiss my ass respectfully.”
His tweet went viral as more and more followers reached out to him. Rumble, who host Bongino’s podcasts on their platform, wrote: “Dan Bongino, one of the most vocal advocates of free speech and the 1st amendment, has just been exposed on YouTube where their CEO says free speech is a ‘core value.’ Freedom of expression is a human right, period. @dbongino & all creators, we have your back. #StandWithDan.” Another remarked, “#StandWithDan Nobody supports FREE SPEECH more than @dbongino Put it on YouTube. NOBODY CARES! Masks don’t work. Fauci lied. Adios!” A third commented, “YouTube broke the YouTube Banned Dan Bongino’s channel just for questioning him. Glad he’s a part of Rumble.”
Another wrote: “YouTube temporarily suspended Dan Bongino’s channel for questioning the effectiveness of masks after they completely failed to spread the virus. It’s not about stopping ‘misinformation’, it’s about stopping ‘true’ information that threatens your narrative.” The next noted, “Dan Bongino quit YouTube. His response is great!” One commenter tweeted, ” Dan Bongino ladies and gentlemen! This man is the king of free speech who has proven time and time again to be a man of integrity and a backbone as opposed to the bright fools. I support Dan and his crew 100%.”
This isn’t the first time Bongino has been banned from a digital platform. He was suspended from Twitter last year after posting a video that violated the platform’s policy against promoting violence following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. He vowed he would never return to Twitter, although he remained an active user after the suspension. Bongino’s Facebook page is also one of the most popular conservative news sources on the platform.