On Tuesday, YouTube removed Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky’s video for a second time and suspended publication a week after he posted a video arguing about the effectiveness of wearing masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus. .
A YouTube spokesperson said the Republican senator’s statements in the three-minute video violated the company’s policy on COVID-19 medical misinformation. The company’s policy prohibits videos that spread a lot of misinformation, including “statements that masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of Covid-19”.
“We apply our policies consistently across the entire platform, regardless of speaker or political views, and we make exceptions for videos with additional context, such as opposing views from local health authorities.”
In the video, Mr. Paul said: “Most of the masks you buy over the counter don’t work. They do not prevent infection.” Later in the video, he adds, “Trying to shape human behavior is not the same as following actual science, which tells us that cloth masks don’t work.”
In fact, masks work, according to the near-unanimous recommendations of public health experts.
On Tuesday, Twitter suspended Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, for seven days after she posted that the Food and Drug Administration should not fully approve coronavirus vaccines and that The vaccine has “failed”.
On Twitter, Mr. Paul called his suspension a “badge of honor” and blamed it on “leftist creators at YouTube” while linking to an alternative site to watch the video.
In a statement, the senator said that private companies have the power to ban him, but YouTube’s decision is “a continuation of their commitment to acting closely with the government”.
“I think this kind of censorship is very dangerous, extremely anti-freedom, and really anti-scientific, including skepticism and arguments to get to the truth,” he said.
Last week, YouTube removed from his channel an eight-minute Newsmax interview in which the senator said there was “no point” in wearing a mask. Per YouTube’s policy, the company issues a warning for a first violation, followed by a week-long suspension as part of a “first warning” response to a second violation.
The strike will be removed from his account after 90 days if there are no further violations. A second strike in 90 days will result in a two-week suspension and the account will be permanently banned after the third strike.