YouTube banned The Corbett Report, hosted by James Corbett, after issuing the channel its third strike for “medical misinformation.” The channel had 559k subscribers and nearly 92 million total views across 1,766 videos. The following is an excerpt from the blog post James Corbett wrote about the ban:
Indeed, it was not surprising in any sense that this was the report that led to GooTube purging my main channel. When you release a video on an account that already has two strikes for information that “contradicts the World Health Organization (WHO) or local health authorities’ medical information about COVID-19” and that video itself contains information calling those very authorities’ pronouncements into question, you better believe the thought that this might be your last YouTube upload crosses your mind when you push that publish button. Heck, the “offending” podcast even centers around an op-ed comparing COVID skeptics to terrorists and calling for the UN to mount a “counteroffensive” against them. Of course this video was going to be censored.
A few weeks prior, James Corbett released a video which covered (in part) the fact that he was, at the time, suspended from YouTube after receiving a second strike. He said he would not self-censor and would force YouTube to make a move:
I want to force the issue with YouTube. I’m going to continue doing what I do: reporting things in a truthful manner and giving access to sourced documents as I cite them so that people can come to their own decisions. And if YouTube decides to delete my channel because of that, then I think that exposes who they are and what they are doing.
Unsurprisingly, The Corbett Report received a third strike and was deleted just hours after uploading an episode titled “Science Says”, a play on the kids game “Simon Says”:
The mouthpieces of the scientific establishment have identified the latest global security threat: antiscience. So what does that mean, exactly? Whatever they want it to mean, of course! This week on The Corbett Report podcast, James explores the game of Science Says that the self-appointed experts are playing with the public and outlines how that game is about to get a whole lot darker.
Over the prior few years, but particularly 2020, YouTube had removed several videos from the Corbett Report channel. James Corbett compiled a list of those videos here with links to the alternative platforms where they are still available. Luckily, he has been growing his audience on alternative platforms all along, and The Corbett Report’s Odysee channel surpassed 100k subscribers less than a month prior!