LifeSiteNews is an anti-abortion outlet. According to its website, it is the “No. 1 pro-life news website” and “emphasizes the social value of the traditional Judeo-Christian principle,” including claims that “abortion, euthanasia, cloning, homosexuality and all other moral, Life and family problems “are all linked in an international conflict. “Before the ban, it had more than 300,000 followers on its channel. “YouTube has just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This is not a temporary ban. Every one of our videos has completely disappeared,” the website stated after the ban. “Fortunately, we have backups of all of our videos, but that means hundreds of thousands of people have lost access to our truthful content.”
Despite the consistent spread of misinformation and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, the site claimed that it was speaking the “truth.”
“The truth is, we’ve been anticipating this for a while. YouTube and other tech titans just aren’t interested in anyone deviating from their government-approved, liberal, totalitarian ideology. Fortunately, we’ve already taken preventive action.” Measures to ensure that the truth continues to reach the ears of the neediest in these dictatorial times. “LifeSite’s Marketing Director Rebekah Roberts said in a statement to CBN News,” We are active on various other platforms such as Gab, Telegram and Rumble and encourage others to join us there. ”
According to Ivy Choi, a spokesperson for Youtube, several videos on the LifeSiteNews channel were stamped with “medical misinformation” prior to the ban, and several warnings were posted on the website.
“In line with our long-running strike system, we closed the LifeSiteNews Media channel for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy, which bans content that promotes prevention practices that contradict local health authorities or the WHO,” Choi told VICE News . “Any channel that violates our COVID-19 misinformation policy will receive a strike that temporarily restricts uploading or live streaming. Channels that receive three strikes within the same 90 day period will be permanently removed from YouTube. “
Per YouTube Medical Misinformation Policy People who post information that contradicts official medical guidelines for the treatment, prevention, diagnosis and transmission of COVID-19 are prohibited. These include “Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine contains substances that are not on the vaccine ingredient list, such as fetal tissue”.
In several videos, LifeSiteNews called the novel coronavirus a joke and featured a doctor who described both masks and social distancing as “useless” efforts to stop the virus from spreading. Of course, these claims are false and research has consistently proven that masks significantly stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. LifeSiteNews not only spread false information about safety precautions recommended by health officials to stop the virus from spreading, it also made false links between abortion and the coronavirus vaccine.
“In response to this little accountability, we expect LifeSiteNews to falsely yell at the censorship and then attack YouTube itself. This is an important facet of the anti-choice playbook that we’ve seen time and time again, ”Dina Montemarano, research director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told VICE News in an email. “We have to express this in the strongest possible terms and continue to hold both extremists and online platforms responsible for ensuring that anti-electoral and disinformation and extremism of the white supremacists flourish.”
Despite the ban, LifeSiteNews continues to promote its claims and plans to host a virtual conference entitled “Unmasking COVID-19”. According to VICE News, it promises to explain how broken fetal cells are used in the vaccine.