YouTube on Monday said it suspended former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani from its platform again, after breaking the company’s rules banning claims of election fraud regarding the 2020 US presidential contest.
The suspension is the second strike for Giuliani, who had spread conspiracy theories about the election as former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, in the last 90 days. According to YouTube’s three-strikes policy, if Giuliani is issued a third infraction in that time period, he’ll be permanently banned from the Google-owned platform.
Monday’s decision comes with a two-week ban on posting videos or livestreams. YouTube also penalized Giuliani for promoting nicotine on the platform. Bloomberg reported the news earlier.
“We have clear Community Guidelines that govern which videos may remain on YouTube, which we consistently enforce regardless of the speaker,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement. “We have removed content from Rudy W. Giuliani’s channel for violating our policy on the sale of controlled goods, which prohibits content that facilitates the use of nicotine, and our policy on the integrity of presidential elections.”
Giuliani was first punished in January for violating multiple policies on YouTube, including those for misinformation about the election. He was then punished with an exclusion from YouTube’s ad revenue sharing program, which allows users to earn money from their videos.
YouTube suspends Rudy Giuliani again, over misinformation about elections