YouTube suspends livestreaming of Romanian Senate after repeated anti-vax speeches

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Romania Senate sessions can no longer be viewed live on YouTube after it was blocked by the online video sharing platform following anti-vax speeches made by  Romanian lawmakers.

The livestreaming channel has been suspended for seven days, Digi24 reported on Thursday. It came after Senator Diana Șoșoacă warned about health hazards of getting an anti-Covid-19 vaccine without providing any scientific evidence.

Viewers can only currently view old recorded sessions.

Romanian Senators have been warned since April that the account would be shut if lawmakers continued to instigate people not to wear face coverings during the pandemic.

YouTube managers have already deleted recordings where  Sen. Șoșoacă who is notorious for her anti-vax populist discourse urges Romanians to shun masks and refuse to be vaccinated.

Face coverings are compulsory in indoor public places in Romania.

 „The Senate’s YouTube page has been (temporarily) shut for speeches made by  Diana  Şoşoacă who violates the channel’s policy. The first time was a warning and video recording were deleted,” Iulia Scântei, who heads the Senate’s Judicial Committee said.

Separately, prosecutors are investigating Sen. Șoșoacă on charges of hampering the fight against the coronavirus after she blocked the access to a vaccine center in the northeast county of Iasi.

Romania has one of the lowest vaccine uptake rates in the European Union. Just 27% of Romanians have been inoculated against Covid-19.

Cases have shot up in recent days to more than 4,000 a day double what they were a week ago. There are fears that cases will increase even more as schools returned this week.

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