YouTube Suspends Giuliani’s Revenue Over Election Content

Rudolph Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, conducts a news conference at the Republican National Committee on lawsuits regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
  • YouTube is suspending Rudy Giuliani from making money from advertisers on his videos.
  • Giuliani repeatedly violated YouTube’s policies against election misinformation, the company said.
  • Giuliani has for months spread conspiracy theories, over which he faces a $1.3 billion lawsuit.

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YouTube has temporarily blocked Rudy Giuliani from earning money on his videos after he repeatedly violated its policies against spreading election misinformation, the company said Tuesday.

YouTube said it suspended Giuliani from its YouTube Partner Program, which gives the platform’s more popular creators some of the revenue generated by ads on their videos, as well as more extensive resources and customer support.

Giuliani can appeal the ruling after 30 days, the company said.

The move comes after former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney spent months pushing baseless and debunked conspiracies about widespread election fraud both on his YouTube channel and elsewhere.

Giuliani now faces a $1.3 billion lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems over one of his claims. The company filed the suit against him this week after Giuliani spread a conspiracy theory that Dominion rigged the election.

From Trump to Steve Bannon, YouTube has taken action against a variety of high-profile political figures in recent weeks as it cracks down on election misinformation following the attacks on the US Capitol.

Other social media platforms have also taken significant enforcement actions following the attempted insurrection, which left five dead and dozens injured.

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