YouTube takes down Cuomo ‘Fredo’ video for ‘Harassment’, restores after Trump complaints

YouTube takes down Cuomo ‘Fredo’ video for ‘Harassment’, restores after Trump complaints
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YouTube removed a video on Tuesday morning of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo being confronted by, and then threatening, two men who call him “Fredo,’’ saying the clip violated its terms of service. However, within hours, the site restored the video, following complaints from conservative figures including US President Donald Trump and his son, Donald Jr, APA reports citing Sputnik International.

Video footage “sent in by a TTP fan” and posted on the YouTube channel “That’s The Point with Brandon” (TTP) on Monday of Cuomo and two men quickly went viral. In the footage, the men confront Cuomo, who hosts the CNN show “Cuomo Prime Time,” asking for an autograph.

When one of the men calls him “Fredo,” after an Italian-American character from “The Godfather” films, the anchor goes off, threatening to “throw you down these stairs like a f**kin’ punk” and claiming the nickname is “like the n-word for us” Italian-Americans. In the films, Frederico Corleone was the family’s “weak brother,” who is an object of pity before being executed for betraying his brother, Michael.

The video has been viewed 304,000 times on YouTube, and it’s been shared widely across all social media platforms and news and talk shows as well. CNN commented on the incident, saying Cuomo had “defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.”

By 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, though, the video had disappeared from YouTube, with folks who clicked on the link to view it getting the message that it had “been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on harassment and bullying.”

Faiq Mahmudov

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