Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has been suspended from YouTube for posting a video questioning the efficacy of masks in fighting Covid-19. Newsmax reports this is the second time YouTube has censored paul. Last week, an interview Paul did with Newsmax was removed from his channel because he said: “there’s no value” in wearing masks. Paul will be banned from posting to the platform for seven days.
Senator Paul told reporters on Tuesday, “they are now banning all my speech, including speech that is given on the senate floor, which is protected constitutional [Sic]. YouTube now thinks they are smart enough and ‘godly’ enough that they can oversee speech, even constitutionally protected speech.”
He also tweeted, “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.” He went on to promote a website called Liberty Tree.
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
In the video, the Senator, who is also an ophthalmologist, states, “most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work. They don’t prevent infection,” and “trying to shape human behavior isn’t the same as following the actual science, which tells us masks don’t work.”
YouTube claims that Paul’s three-minute video violated the platform’s policy on “medical misinformation.” The company bans any content they deem misinformation, including anything suggesting “masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of Covid-19.” A YouTube spokesperson stated, “we apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of [the] speaker or political views, and we make exceptions for videos that have additional context such as countervailing views from local health authorities.”
Evidence for the efficacy and necessity of face masks has been a hot topic since the beginning of the pandemic, with multiple contradicting reports. In addition to Senator Paul, Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research told CNN, “we know today that many of the face cloth coverings that people wear are not very effective in reducing any of the virus movement in or out.”
The ongoing push by big tech to censor any content in opposition to the CDC or Dr. Anthony Facui continues after former President Trump announced his class-action suit against the social media giants and new legislation meant to reel them in introduced by the GOP.
The ban also comes simultaneously as Twitter suspending Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for saying that the Food and Drug Administration “should not approve the covid vaccines.”