YouTube’s Permanent Ban on LifeSiteNews Prompts Censorship Concerns

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Google, YouTube’s owner, later said it had banned LifeSiteNews for violating its COVID-19 misinformation policy. (photo: Chubo / Shutterstock)

LifeSiteNews editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen said the site did not receive “a specific reason for the deletion of the account” and the removal of the account meant it has no access to see the flagged video or to appeal the decision.

WASHINGTON — YouTube has banned the pro-life group LifeSiteNews for alleged misinformation about COVID-19, prompting concerns about censorship and free debate.

One ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center did not agree with LifeSiteNews’ presentation of the science and ethics involved in the COVID-19 vaccines, but he defended the organization’s presence on YouTube, which receives over 2 billion logged-in users each month.

“The National Catholic Bioethics Center condemns the arbitrary decision of YouTube to censor content simply because they find it disagreeable or in opposition to their own political views,” Edward Furton, an ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, told CNA Feb. 11.  …

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