Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast has lost its distribution on YouTube. The Google-owned service said it “terminated” the podcast’s channel and another associated with the show for repeatedly violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines. The podcast has frequently covered the false allegations of voter fraud. While the show has disappeared from YouTube, it remains widely available on podcast apps.
What led YouTube to take the step was an appearance on Friday by President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on the podcast, during which he repeated the debunked claims the election was stolen. The San Jose Mercury-News reports Bannon’s podcast had 330,000 subscribers on YouTube. It also says the Friday episode of War Room had been viewed more than 130,000 times before the video was removed.
"In accordance with our strikes system, we have terminated Steve Bannon's channel 'War room' and one associated channel for repeatedly violating our Community Guidelines," a YouTube spokesman said in a statement. Under YouTube's three-strike policy, if a content creator violates its rules three times within a 90-day period, it will result in a permanent removal from the video platform. The first strike results in a one-week ban from posting content. The second strike has a two-week ban.
Bannon was permanently kicked off of Twitter in November after he called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be beheaded in an episode discussing the coronavirus pandemic.