Big tech has come in to ban another leading conservative voice, this time Republican Senator Ron Johnson has had his YouTube account suspended for one week following a video he posted that allegedly violated the platforms rules on “Medical Misinformation.”
From the Daily Wire:
“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, according to NBC News.
In YouTube’s detailed “COVID-19 medical misinformation policy,” the Big Tech giant declares that it “doesn’t allow content about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of egregious harm.”
“YouTube doesn’t allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts local health authorities’ or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) medical information about COVID-19,” YouTube continued. According to its guidelines, this is limited to content that contradicts WHO or local health authorities’ guidance on treatment, prevention, diagnosis, transmission, social distancing and self isolation guidelines, or the existence of COVID-19.
According to The Federalist, in the allegedly offending video, Johnson was criticizing both the Trump and Biden administrations for “not only ignoring but working against robust research [on] the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of COVID.”
Big Tech has begun banning major political figures, former President Donald Trump was the first. While Politicians should not be exempt from the rules, these companies are only targeting their political enemies.