Republican Senator Ron Johnson was suspended from YouTube for a video that contradicted their one-sided view on COVID treatments.
YouTube reportedly suspended Republican Senator Ron Johnson for one week after his account uploaded a video discussing COVID-19 treatments.
The video apparently violated Google’s policy regarding medical misinformation.
“We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.
The National Institutes of Health advises against the use of Hydroxychloroquine, but only says that a study “shows treatment does no harm, but provides no benefit.” The NIH also says there is insufficient data to recommend one way or the other regarding ivermectin.
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“It always baffled me that there was such a concerted effort to deny the American public the type of robust exploration research into early treatment early in this pandemic,” Senator Johnson said, according to The Federalist. He claimed that some studies have shown that “both Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin” are “incredibly safe” drugs.
Johnson also criticized both the Trump and Biden administrations for “working against” research on inexpensive drugs to be repurposed for the treatment of COVID.
By suspending Senator Johnson, YouTube proved that it adheres to one policy: agree with our single point of view or be punished.
Big Tech giants like YouTube have continually used their platform to silence those they disagree with and blur the lines of what constitutes free speech. These companies must be held liable for their attacks on free speech and the threat they are posing to the First Amendment in general.