ABS-CBN News YouTube channels back online hours after shutdown

CMFR/PHILIPPINES — ABS-CBN News and ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) YouTube channels are back online a few hours after they were suspended by YouTube. The video streaming platform suspended the operations of both channels on 3 November 2020 after it detected suspicious activities from both accounts.

ABS-CBN has been live streaming their programs on YouTube after the Philippine Congress denied the renewal of its broadcast franchise last July 10.

Netizens getting their news from the platform immediately flagged the YouTube shutdown. ABS-CBN then released a statement saying that they “are investigating this and are working closely with YouTube to resolve the problem.”

According to a Philstar report, YouTube confirmed that the channels in question were hacked on November 2.

YouTube notified the owners about the termination and that if they “believe their account was compromised, they can notify our (YouTube) team to secure their accounts and regain control.” This is not the first time that the online platforms of the news organization were inaccessible. On September 3, the ABS-CBN website was also down for eight hours. The company said that they detected a “technical problem” but were able to resolve the issue.