Kim Jong-Un has been banned from YouTube after his state TV channel broke the service’s community guidelines – and allegedly breached US government sanctions.
The North Korean dictator’s Korean Central Television channel had its YouTube account suspended for breaking the rules.
The channel’s page – which used to publish daily, state-sanctioned news bulletins – now says only “This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines“.
According to reports, the page was pulled by officials at Google because they feared it was handing the regime ad revenue in violation of US government sanctions.
North Korea watcher Joshua Stanton told the Washington Post that YouTube “would have said that this is risky, we are potentially in violation” of a new wave of sanctions deployed in March.
The Treasury Department’s expanded guidelines included action against Kim Jong-Un’s Propaganda and Agitation Department, which US officials said has total control over all media in the country, which they use as a tool of oppression.
A YouTube spokesman refused to comment on individual accounts – but gave a general statement saying “we do disable accounts that violate our terms of service or community guidelines, and when we are required by law to do so”.