Google’s video-sharing platform YouTube removed footage of CNN host Chris Cuomo’s altercation with a man who called him “Fredo” for violating the site’s “bullying and harassment” policy. Following an inquiry from Breitbart News, the video has been reinstated, with Google saying in a statement: “sometimes we make the wrong call.”
Watch the reinstated video, posted by YouTuber “THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon:”
Google-owned video-sharing platform YouTube recently removed footage of an altercation between CNN host Chris Cuomo and a member of the public who referred to him as “Fredo,” a reference to the character from the film The Godfather. Breitbart News reporter Hannah Bleau described the altercation:
“No. Punk ass bitches on the right call me Fredo. My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo said. “Fredo is from The Godfather. He was the weak brother.”
He continued, telling the man that “Fredo” is equivalent to the “N-word” to Italians.
The man reacted to Cuomo’s explosion, remarking, “You’re a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television.”
“If you want to play, then we’ll fucking play,” Cuomo shot back, hurling a series of insults at the man and referring to him as a “punk bitch.”
“You know my name is not fucking Fredo,” he continued, adding, “own what you said.”
“I’ll fucking ruin your shit,” Cuomo ranted. “I’ll fucking throw you down these stairs like a fucking punk.”
“Please do,” the man shot back.
“So you can fucking sue?” Cuomo continued, before daring the man to punch him.
The footage was posted to a channel named “THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon,” and was titled “**EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE!** CNN ANCHOR CHRIS CUOMO THREATENING TRUMP SUPPORTER!”
Before YouTube reinstated the video, when users attempted to view the video from its original link, a page appears stating: “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on harassment and bullying.” Breitbart News reached out to the owner of the YouTube account that posted the video, the owner stated that they were given no warning before YouTube removed the video. The owner told Breitbart News: “It’s completely biased Censoring on once again another Conservative/Republican independent media source.”
— THAT'S THE POINT with Brandon (@THEECONSTITUTI1) August 13, 2019
The account owner also clarified that there were no children present with Cuomo during the altercation; the presence of children in candid YouTube videos can sometimes be used as grounds for video removal. YouTube has previously removed videos on public figures for similar reasons, such as removing a video by Project Veritas over “privacy” concerns.
Breitbart News reporter Allum Bokhari reported in June:
YouTube users who navigate to the Project Veritas interview are now met with a message informing them that the video is “no longer available due to a privacy claim by a third party.”
The video can still be accessed at Project Veritas’ website. It reveals that Pinterest added Bible verses to a “sensitive terms” list and censored a major pro-life website as “pornography.”
This follows a similar act of censorship by Twitter, which restricted a tweet from Project Veritas revealing internal communications from Pinterest smearing conservative pundit Ben Shapiro as a “white supremacist.”
In a statement to Breitbart News, a YouTube spokesman said “The privacy of our users is important to us, that’s why we created robust privacy guidelines. If someone feels their privacy has been violated on YouTube, they can file a privacy complaint and we will promptly remove the content if it violates our guidelines.”
Following Breitbart News’ request for comment to Google about the removal of the video, it was reinstated onto the YouTube platform. A spokesperson told Breitbart News: “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content. -a YouTube spokesperson