Big Tech censorship regarding Covid-19 info and theories- despite past ‘heresy’ proving legitimate- remains alive and well as showed by YouTube who suspended for a week GOP Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson for speaking about taboo treatments, The Hill notes.
Senator Johnson is banned from posting new content to his channel after he discussed alternative Covid-19 treatments encouraging people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus, which allegedly is against YouTube policy.
Johnson said on Twitter that YouTube’s arrogant Covid censorship continues and that this suppression of speech should concern every American, asking at the same time now many lives could have been saved with a free exchange of medical ideas.
He will face stiffer penalties if violates YouTube’s rules again within the next 90 days- two-week uploading ban for a second strike and permanent ban for a third strike. According to Johnson, this shows that social media platforms have too much “unaccountable power.”
Johnson scorned Big Tech and mainstream media for believing they are smarter than medical doctors and decided there’s only one medical viewpoint allowed – the one dictated by government agencies.
Early reports suggested that malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine could be helpful in treating the virus, but mainstream media and Democrats targeted the drug after former President Donald Trump promoted it as a Covid-19 treatment.
YouTube spokesperson told The Hill that the video was removed in accordance with their COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus.
According to YouTube policy, the platform “will not promote content that contradicts local health authorities’ or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) medical information about COVID-19″.
The FDA withdrew its emergency authorization for its use on Covid-19 patients last June, while WHO removed it from its study of potential virus treatments.