- The Washington Times - Friday, March 5, 2021

Right Side Broadcasting Network, a pro-Trump media company with a popular YouTube account, raised concerns after its video footage of the former president’s latest speech was pulled from the platform.

The network, also known as RSBN, added that YouTube has temporarily suspended its ability to upload or livestream videos on the service for violating its policies against election misinformation.

YouTube said Friday that it acted because RSBN broke a rule prohibiting users from uploading content that claims widespread fraud changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The offending video included former President Donald Trump‘s speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, last week, his first since leaving office.

Mr. Trump said during his CPAC speech that the presidential election was “rigged” and that he “won” his race for reelection despite having lost to Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden.

RSBN, which has streamed virtually every Trump rally since 2015, broadcast the former president’s CPAC speech live on YouTube, as well as on rival services including Facebook and Twitter’s Periscope.

Video of RSBN’s live CPAC coverage still available on Facebook and Periscope show that its broadcast of Mr. Trump‘s speech was sandwiched between the network interviewing several of his supporters.

“I think he’s still our president,” one of the Trump supporters told RSBN shortly before the speech.

“He’s still our leader,” a different Trump supporter told RSBN moments after the speech ended.

RSBN’s account on YouTube has more than 1.5 million subscribers. Its video showing Mr. Trump‘s speech at CPAC had been viewed nearly four million times before it was removed, RSBN said Thursday.

“We try to follow the rules. Don’t air certain things that we normally would — but we won’t censor President Trump or push back against things he says that, quite frankly, we agree with,” RSBN said through its Twitter account before the video was pulled

“Our network provides very little in the way of commentary. We basically just turn a camera on and show you what’s happening- and let you decide,” RSBN tweeted. “People can choose to watch it, not watch it, hate it or love it. That’s called freedom. If that’s no longer allowed then God help us.”

A spokesperson for YouTube said RSBN violated its presidential election integrity policy, which it began applying to the White House contest in December after the race was called for Mr. Biden.

More recently, YouTube said after the U.S. Capitol building was stormed by Trump supporters in early January that it would begin terminating channels that violate its rules three or more times.

“We enforce our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker or political leaning,” YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi told The Washington Times.

“Content featuring footage from CPAC 2021 that does not violate our policies or contains sufficient educational, documentary, scientific and artistic context remains on YouTube,” Ms. Ivy added.

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