A barrage of comments, theories, mixed emotions and fake news flooded the Twitterverse when people started noticing the YouTube accounts of ABS-CBN News and ANC 24/7 were inaccessible beginning at 6:30am Tuesday.
A screenshot of a video from the ABS-CBN News channel read: “Video unavailable: This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated.”
Many were worried, and many were displeased, especially those relying on the two news channels for latest updates on the COVID-19 situation and typhoons Rolly and Siony.
“Nakakainis. Ngayong hindi pa natatapos ang pandemya at [madaming] nasalanta ng bagyo,” posted a netizen.
“Paano na? Dito lang ako nanunuod then saka ko tatawagan pamilya ko para mabigyan sila ng babala lalo na kapag may may bagyo? Bakit ganun? Sana please maibalik po,” wrote another.
One vexed follower of the channels could not help but express his anger. “Kung sino pa ang nakakatulong sa taong bayan, yan ang ginagawan ng hindi maganda. Jusko, mag-isip nga kayo. Walang ginagawang masama ang ABS. Kahit nasa peligro ang buhay, inaabot nila o pinupuntahan para lang makabigay ng tulong.”
Others wondered if the termination of the news sites’ YouTube accounts is still connected to the ABS-CBN franchise denial. One surmised it has something to do with some livestreamed advertising.
Netizens came up with all sorts of guesses as to the cause of the nine-hour ‘termination.’
“Dark forces at work,” teased one.
Another concerned Kapamilya took it upon herself to message YouTube to ask why.
A netizen called for mass tagging the video-sharing website on Twitter to reinstate the two channels.
Finally, at 3:58pm, the YouTube accounts of ABS-CBN News and ANC 24/7 channels were restored.
According to the media giant’s official statement, the temporary suspension was caused by a hacking incident.
“The investigation on the incident continues as we also implement measures to prevent this from happening again,” the statement read.
“ABS-CBN remains committed to provide news and information to our countrymen, particularly over these trying times as we recover from the effects of Super Typhoon Rolly and prepare for another incoming weather disturbance. We thank the public for their support and understanding.”