Google ‘disables’ Press TV’s YouTube account without prior warning



This is not the first time that Google is blocking Press TV’s YouTube channels.

Google has blocked Press TV and Hispan TV’s access to their official accounts on the technology company’s platforms, including YouTube and Gmail, without prior notice, citing “violation of policies”.

“Your Google Account was disabled and can’t be restored because it was used in a way that violates Google’s policies,” Google said in a message that appears after Press TV tries to log into its account.

The YouTube channels are open to public view for now, but the administrators cannot publish any new content.

Google has so far refused to provide any explanation for disabling Press TV’s account.

This is not the first time that Google is blocking Press TV’s YouTube channels.

IRIB: Social media closures 'clear censorship'

IRIB: Social media closures ‘clear censorship’

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting says a coordinated move to block its channels on social media platforms amounts to a clear example of censorship.

The original YouTube channel was established in December 2009, and closed in September 2013. A new channel was then opened, but it was shut almost two months later.

Another channel was opened, but it suffered the same fate after five months.

The fourth channel, however, remained active with over 270,000 subscribers until it was closed today without any prior notice for what Google calls “violation” of its terms and policies.

Google Support says it may not provide any prior notice “in some urgent or extreme cases”. However, it has yet to explain for what “urgent” case it has “disabled” Press TV’s account.

Google has also deprived Press TV of its News service.

PressTV-US using Google to control public discourse: Lawyer

PressTV-US using Google to control public discourse: Lawyer

International lawyer Barry Grossman says the act of shutting down Press TV’s Google account is nothing but a direct threat from the United States to the freedom of speech.

US pressure

The Google ban seems to be in line with the US government’s stepped-up pressure on Iran and an all-out propaganda campaign against the country, which includes targeting Iranian media.

In January, Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi was detained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri.

The journalist, a 59-year-old American-born Muslim convert who has lived in Iran for years, was jailed in the US for days and later released on January 23 after some 10 days of detention without charge.

A US federal court failed to indict the journalist, who was arrested as a material witness in an unspecified criminal proceeding, of any crime.

Hashemi’s detention prompted condemnation in the US and abroad, sparking rallies in several countries, including the United States.

While in detention, she was forced to remove her hijab and was only offered non-halal food.

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  1. I hope That ALL of You Know What just Went on Here …….

    The Jew and Israelis in Particular Invest a wage into getting lip service by Other Sympathetic Jews and For Regurgitating on the Internet Anything in favor of Israel the Despicable . so Every Department of Bullshit is Paid for by the Tribe ….. You know What they do ? They ALL just Start Complaining like bitchs to Any Tracable associate to the little news that seems disagreeable to them ,,,,,, Their Department of Lodging Complaints against the Chosen Adversaries becomes a Daily to do Long List BUT YES They Do even Bitch enough to somehow soon an authority in there so as to root out ” Anti-Semism ” …… These Start as Volunteer Complainers paid off by the Tribe but slowly work their way up to become official enough to do away as Jews like ..,.,…… Not That Google wasn’t Crooked to Start with ….

  2. Roger that. The hypocrisy of a nation that endlessly spouts on and on about freedom and democracy while systematically destroying it.

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