Posted: 12:06 GMT, 5 January 2021 | Updated: 13:04 GMT, Jan. January 2021

TalkRADIO is looking for urgent responses from Google after its YouTube channel was closed, claiming it violated the site’s community guidelines by criticizing coronavirus bans

The broadcaster, which used YouTube to stream its live video content and archive old shows, had tens of millions of views and 250 over the past year000 subscribers as its popularity rose

But tech giant Google shut down the station’s YouTube channel last night for violating its community guidelines

YouTube has implemented a “COVID-19 Medical Misinformation Policy” that allows it to “ban content that spreads medical misinformation that is based on information from the local health authority or the medical information from the World Health Organization (WHO) about COVID- 19 disagree “

Examples of content that is banned from YouTube include “Denial of the Existence of COVID-19,” “Claims that people did not die from COVID-19,” and “Videos alleging that social distancing and Self-isolation does not effectively contribute to the reduction”the spread of the virus’

It warns YouTube users that any content that violates the policy will be removed and gives them a warning with no penalty if it is a first-time violation

TalkRADIO interviewed lockdown skeptics during the pandemic who doubt that massive restrictions on public life by Western governments can suppress the disease

TalkRADIO presenters like Mike Graham (left) and Julia Hartley-Brewer (right) have criticized the government’s use of bans during the pandemic

TalkRADIO host Hartley-Brewer today denied that the broadcaster disregarded YouTube’s community guidelines, ‘We are only questioning the evidence that lockdowns are an appropriate response to the Covid virus, it’s called free speech,’ she tweeted

Divergent experts included Oxford epidemiologist Professor Sunetra Gupta, who co-authored the Great Barrington Declaration against Lockdown, and Irish engineer Ivor Cummins

Some of the broadcaster’s presenters, including Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham and Dan Wootton, have also criticized the use of draconian lockdown measures during the pandemic

A TalkRADIO spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are urgently awaiting a detailed response from Google / YouTube about the nature of the violation that led to our channel being removed from its platform

‘TalkRADIO is an Ofcom licensed and regulated broadcaster and has solid editorial controls in place to help smooth the debate

‘We regularly survey and control government data, use verifiable sources, and allow careful selection of voices and opinions’

‘We’re just questioning the evidence that bans are an appropriate response to the Covid virus It’s called free speech,’ she tweeted

The move has sparked a backlash against free speech Michael Gove blew the “big tech censorship” today and told Ms. Hartley-Brewer that lockdown critics “should be heard”

“I don’t believe in censorship and we have a free and fair press and we have respected commentators and interviewers who criticize the government’s position,” said the cabinet minister

‘I disagree with them, but I think it is important that their voices are heard and that a debate takes place’

Toby Young, director general of the Free Speech Union, described Google’s move as an “attack on press freedom”

Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch said removing the canal is “a bold move in censorship that would make China proud”

Director Silkie Carlo told MailOnline: ‘YouTube’s termination of TalkRADIO is proof that big tech censorship can get out of hand when needed

‘This chilling attack on a broadcaster is what you see in China It is no coincidence that TalkRADIO is one of the loudest critics of the government’s mismanagement of the pandemic and that the government is pressuring big tech companies to censor the Increase under the “online harm” guidelines

Among the dissenting experts who have spoken on TalkRADIO is Oxford epidemiologist Professor Sunetra Gupta, who authored Great Barrington’s anti-lockdown statement

Actor Laurence Fox, who has also criticized shutdowns, warned “This is just the beginning” – in a suggestion that more online anti-lockdown rhetoric could be removed

Konstantin Kisin, moderator of the YouTube channel for triggerometry, said: “Today is the day when we can all be 100% sure that free speech is over”

As Mr Gove admitted today, there was “no certainty” that the brutal pressures Boris Johnson put on England last night will be eased as hoped in late February

The Prime Minister’s goal is to give more than 13 million vulnerable people initial doses of vaccine over the next seven weeks, although doubts have been expressed as to whether this is possible

But Mr Gove warned that, even in the best case scenario, not all curbs will go away, as he has prepared the weary public for the long term for the rapidly spreading new variant of the coronavirus

Under the new guidance, elementary and secondary schools will be closed, with only the vulnerable and offspring of the most important workers being admitted

Kindergartens can stay open, but university students are encouraged to stay at home and study remotely – while GCSE and A-Level exams do not run as planned

Non-essential retail stores, all hospitality, gyms and swimming pools must shut down – with Rishi Sunak slating another support package today amid growing fears about the economic impact

Cafes, bars and restaurants are allowed to serve take-away meals However, due to the tightened draconian measures last spring, they are not allowed to serve alcohol

The public is only allowed to leave the house for one of five reasons: go to work if necessary, shop for essentials, play sports – work with someone in a different household, take care of someone or see a doctor for help or fleeing threats like domestic violence

Those who break the rules should expect £ 200 for the first offense, which adds up to a maximum of 6 for subsequent offenses£ 400 doubled

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