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04 February 2014

YouTube suspends Prime Minister Tony Abbott's YouTube account

Tony Abbott may claim he's "delivered on his promise", but over the weekend a glitch on video site YouTube meant his message was taken down for 'deceptive content'.

Over the weekend Abbott released a video titled A Message from the PM - Delivering on Our Promises . In the clip Mr Abbott describes a growing national confidence and promises to "scrap the carbon tax, end the waste and get the budget under control".

"From talking to people around our country, my sense is that confidence is returning," he says.

He claims the Federal Government has made "big progress in border protection" and boasts last month was the first since 2009 that has "gone without the arrival of a single illegal boat".

"The people smugglers are finally getting the message that this country is under new management," Mr Abbott says. "It's been a remarkable turnaround in only a few months. Our policies are working."

But it seems others see it differently.

Soon after it was released, the Prime Minister's video was suspended by YouTube after social media users claimed it contained 'deceptive content'.

YouTube's guidelines state videos are reviewed when "a video gets flagged as inappropriate". YouTube then suspended Mr Abbott's entire account.

"Well, to be fair on YouTube, Abbott has broken well over a dozen promises since his election," wrote one reddit user.

"Removal of his latest speech (which talks about delivery of his promises) is well within YouTube's Terms of Service. Good to see them applying standards to content - even content made by powerful organisations."

Tony Abbott's YouTube account terminated for breaching policy against spams,scams & commercially deceptive content. pic.twitter.com/2XU4aaP6SD

YouTube's guidelines state: "We review the video to determine whether it violates our Terms of Use - flagged videos are not automatically taken down by the system.

"If we remove your video after reviewing it, you can assume that we removed it purposefully, and you should take our warning notification seriously."

A screengrab of Tony Abbott’s suspended YouTube account.

Mr Abbott's page is now back up and running, as is the video, but a statement from Google says, "Occasionally, a video flagged by users is mistakenly taken down. When this is brought to our attention, we quickly review the content and take appropriate action, including restoring videos or channels that had been removed."

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