/ 07 September 2021

Sky’s blue over YouTube vids

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Yesterday, the Greens-led Senate inquiry into media diversity regrouped to look at YouTube’s “unprecedented” week-long suspension of Sky News Australia from the Google-owned platform. The tech giant said misinformation about the pandemic, vaccination and COVID treatments saw the broadcaster muted for a week – a position rejected by Sky boss Paul Whittaker who said the claims were “frankly ridiculous”. Also up for questions was the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) over its role in policing misinformation in the news media. Former PM Kevin Rudd has been critical of ACMA for “allowing” Sky and others to run content he believes is inaccurate and damaging. The inquiry kicked off last year to take a broad look at the “diversity, independence and reliability” of Australia’s media. The committee reports on 15 November.

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