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Dan Bongino permanently suspended from YouTube

The platform accused the right-wing host of evading a previous ban.

 

Mikael Thalen

Tech

Posted on Jan 26, 2022   Updated on Feb 2, 2022, 1:37 pm CST

Dan Bongino was permanently suspended from YouTube on Wednesday after the platform accused the right-wing commentator of attempting to evade a prior suspension.

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The conservative radio host previously had his popular YouTube channel suspended on Jan. 14 for falsely claiming that face masks were useless, a violation of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy.

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Following the first strike against his channel, Bongino shared a screenshot to Twitter which purported to show a profanity-laced email he sent to YouTube in response.

“We knew it was just a matter of time before the tyrannical, free-speech hating, bullshit, big tech shithole you work for, would try to silence us,” Bongino wrote.

Yet Bongino would never have a chance to spread more misinformation on his main channel. In a statement to the Hill, a YouTube spokesperson said that Bongino uploaded a video to a secondary channel during his suspension.

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“When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension,” a YouTube spokesperson said.

As a result, both of Bongino’s channels have been permanently removed from YouTube. Bongino’s main channel boasted nearly 900,000 subscribers.

The right-wing shock jock had asserted in another clip this week that he has long been planning to leave YouTube for good. Bongino will almost certainly upload future content to Rumble, a video-sharing platform he’s invested in that has been championed by right-wing internet users.

Bongino previously claimed that he would be leaving Twitter for good as well after being suspended in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, but he ultimately returned to the site. In the case of YouTube, it appears Bongino now has little choice.

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Bongino responded to the permanent suspension on Wednesday by accusing YouTube of trying “to save face.”

“Hilarious watching the @YouTube communists desperately try to save face after we told them to go f%^* themselves,” the account for Bongino’s website wrote. “They’re claiming we ‘tried to evade suspension.’ Really? By posting a final video LITERALLY titled Why I’m Leaving YouTube’?” he wrote in a tweet.


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*First Published: Jan 26, 2022, 3:03 pm CST