MANILA – ABS-CBN News’ YouTube channel welcomed its eight-millionth subscriber in January as it became the top Philippine news publisher with most video views in the country.
Its videos garnered over 5.56 billion views since inauguration, the most views by any news publisher, which ranks it third among all channels based in the Philippines, according to analytics firm Social Blade.
The Youtube account of ABS-CBN News shows was closed due to the fact that the account was “terminated for a violation of Youtube’s Terms of Service.”
In a statement, ABS-CBN News said it is “aware of the problem.”
“We are currently investigating this and working closely with YouTube to resolve the problem. In the meantime, you can catch our livestreams and news reports on the Teleradyo channel. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
According to YouTube, if a channel or account is terminated, a user “may be unable to use, own, or create any other YouTube channels/accounts.”
“When a channel is terminated, the channel owner gets an email explaining the reason for the termination,” it added.
On September 3, the news website of ABS-CBN was temporarily down in the Philippines. It was, however, found accessible via Safari and gadgets with VPN.
At the time, ABS-CBN said it detected a “technical problem” and was looking into the matter.
ABS-CBN was forced to go off-air early May due to a National Telecommunications Commission order. Lawmakers rejected the network’s bid for a fresh franchise in July over alleged “numerous violations” – a decision widely condemned as politically motivated.
ABS-CBN News continues to inform over 18 million followers on Facebook and 6.6 million on Twitter. It is also connected to 1.8 million followers on Instagram.