Tallahassee Reports has learned that YouTube has removed the 2-hour video of the June 29th Leon County School Board meeting from the LCS YouTube Channel due to issues related to COVID misinformation.
School officials were notified by “The YouTube Team” that the video violated YouTube rules.
Specifically, the communication (provided below) stated that “YouTube does not allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts local health authorities’ or the World Health Organization (WHO) medical information about COVID-19.”
The notice did not detail what part of the 2-hour video violated YouTube rules.
The June 29th meeting featured a large group of parents and supporters of the optional-mask mandate. More than 15 speakers addressed the Board. Some quoted the Declaration of Independence while others cited studies and statistics.
One speaker, Ashley Crosby, thanked the board for choosing the mask-optional policy, stating it “seems crazy that I am thanking you for giving me back the right to choose” what is best for her family.
The notice from YouTube also states that due to the content violations related to the June 29th video, the LCS channel now has one strike and will not be able to upload videos for one week.
TR has verified that the July 13th Board meeting video, which featured a robust debate related to masks, is also not available on the LCS YouTube Channel.
LCS officials have not yet received notice of any violations related to that meeting.
The YouTube communication noted that if violations continue to occur, the LCS channel could be “permanently removed from YouTube.”
LCS officials told TR that they “are aware of the issue and are looking into any possible solutions.”
The videos of the June 29th meeting and the July 13th meeting are still available on Facebook.
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