Democrat allies in Big Tech have done exactly what they’ve been trying to do: silence voices of dissent. This time the target is Senator Rand Paul.
YouTube suspended Senator Rand Paul for seven days after the platform removed two of his interviews for so-called “COVID misinformation.”
The week before YouTube suspended Senator Paul, the platform removed a video of him being interviewed by Newsmax on the subject of the science behind cloth masks. After the removal, Paul posted another video defending his comments and calling out YouTube for their censorship. Naturally, YouTube removed that video as well.
“Saying cloth masks work, when they don’t, actually risks lives, as someone may choose to care for a loved one with COVID while only wearing a cloth mask. This is not only bad advice but also potentially deadly misinformation,” Senator Paul said in the video.
Speaking to reporters on August 10th, the senator stated: “They are now banning all my speech, including speech that is given on the Senate floor, which is protected constitutional. YouTube now thinks they are smart enough and godly enough that they can oversee speech, even constitutionally protected speech.”
Later, Senator Paul tweeted about the censorship, and asked the public to watch the video on other platforms that don’t censor conservatives.
“A badge of honor . . . leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work. If you want to see the banned video go to Liberty Tree,” the tweet read.
A badge of honor . . . leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work.
If you want to see the banned video go to Liberty Tree https://t.co/gsTUwuLZGL
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 10, 2021
According to reporting from Yahoo News, “This is not the first time Paul has faced censorship from YouTube. In 2019, the company took down a video that the senator uploaded in which he mentioned on the Senate floor the name of the alleged whistleblower, whose concern about former President Donald Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president led to his first impeachment.”
Senator Paul noted that, as a private company, YouTube has the right to ban his videos if they choose to. The problem is, according to Paul, the fact that YouTube is acting as “an arm of the government without any repercussions or push back.”
“It is really anti-free speech, anti-progress of science, which involves skepticism and argumentation to arrive at the truth,” he added. “YouTube and Google, though, have become an entity so huge that they think they are the arbitrator of truth.”