by Assistant Editor at thegatewaypundit.com
On February 24, 2023, Next News Network, a channel with over 2 million subscribers and 1.7 billion views was informed by YouTube that their channel was no longer eligible for monetization due to a violation of the platform’s “Harmful Content” rules.
Although no particular video was identified as the offensive content, Next News Network is challenging this decision and has filed an appeal in hopes of reversing YouTube’s stance. As of now, the verdict is still pending and Next News Network awaits further communication from YouTube.
In response, immediately upon learning of this drastically impacting decision, Gary Franchi, the channel’s founder, released a video addressed to his viewers notifying them of the event imploring them to join him in prayer as he faced the situation and “gave it to God.”
Franchi has always poured his energy into running a successful news operation, but he realized that, with the ever-changing media landscape, it would be difficult to sustain it without outside help.
Understanding his need, Franchi took the initiative and asked his supporters to step in if they felt ‘led’ to do so; this appeal for assistance came in the form of asking them to give what resources or funds they could.
While it is not clear whether enough support will be offered in response to Franchi’s request, he hopes that those passionate about high quality journalism will embrace the opportunity and make their contribution toward maintaining a reliable source of news.
Franchi’s plea to the public for financial help resulted in an overwhelming response from people all over the world. After hearing his story, many sympathized and showed their support generously. This resulted in a massive global fundraiser with over $92,000 being donated so far.
The outpouring of support for Franchi’s call to action has been immediate and resounding. On twitter, many notable figures have joined in, including Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancé, Kimberly Guilfoyle and We are Change founder Luke Rudkowski.