YouTube has banned the official channel of The Daily Mail, one of the United Kingdom’s longest-running tabloid newspapers.
Users navigating to the newspaper’s official YouTube page as of Saturday evening (EST) are greeted by a page informing them that the account has been suspended for violating “community guidelines.”
The newspaper, founded in 1896, is a frequent target of the British left for its conservative positions. The paper backed the campaign for Brexit in 2016.
Links to previous videos from the official Daily Mail account are no longer operational, instead directing users to blank videos featuring an “account terminated” message.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 2, 2016
Virgin Trains, the rail line run by Richard Branson, attempted to withdraw the Daily Mail from their onboard shops due to alleged “concern over their editorial positions,” it was reported this January. The decision was later reversed, with Branson saying the company should not “must not be seen to be censoring what our customers read and influencing their freedom of choice.”
We have reached out to YouTube’s parent company, Google, for comment.
UPDATE: The account was restored – with no explanation offered – early on Sunday morning London-time.