YouTube suspends Republican senator’s account for promoting hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin as cheaper alternative to treat COVID
- Republican Sen. Ron Johnson was suspended by YouTube for sharing videos of him promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin to treat COVID-19
- YouTube said Johnson’s comments were not ‘in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies’
- YouTube ‘doesn’t allow content about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of egregious harm’ or content that contradicts local health authorities’ or WHO
- Johnson said this was another example of ‘Big Tech’s’ censorship
- YouTube has ‘decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies,’ Johnson said
- Ivermectin is being used in a handful of other countries, but medical experts have warned available data does not support their use
YouTube suspended Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s account after he promoted controversial COVID-19 treatments hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin and criticized the current and previous administrations for ‘ignoring… robust research’ on generic drugs as cheater alternatives.
He said the Trump and Biden administrations not only ignored but worked ‘against robust research (on) the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of Covid’ during a June 3 virtual appearance before the Milwaukee Press Club.
Snippets of the Wisconsin senator’s comments were posted on his YouTube page, which were flagged and removed by the company because they were ‘COVID-19 medical misinformation.’
YouTube suspended Johnson for a week on Friday.
After learning of his suspension, Johnson tweeted, ‘YouTube’s arrogant Covid censorship continues. How many lives will be lost as a result? How many lives could have been saved with a free exchange of medical ideas? This suppression of speech should concern every American.’
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, pictured here in a screengrab from the June 3 virtual Milwaukee Press Club event, was suspended by YouTube for a week after promoting Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin as cheaper coronavirus treatments
Johnson tweeted this after learning of his YouTube suspension on Friday
A YouTube spokesperson later issued a statement to media outlets saying Johnson’s comments weren’t ‘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.’
YouTube’s COVID-19 medical misinformation policy ‘doesn’t allow content about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of egregious harm’ or content that contradicts local health authorities’ or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) medical information about COVID-19.’
Johnson hit back against YouTube’s ‘censorship,’ telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ‘YouTube’s ongoing COVID censorship proves they have accumulated too much unaccountable power.’
‘Big Tech and mainstream media believe they are smarter than medical doctors who have devoted their lives to science and use their skills to save lives. They have decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies.’
Sen. Johnson, pictured here at a June 10 press conference about the origins of COVID-19,said his YouTube suspension was an example of ‘Big tech censorship’
Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and ivermectin, a anti-parasite drug, have been touted by some to treat COVID-19 symptoms, but medical experts and global health bodies have warned available data does not support their use, Forbes reported.
The Slovakian government approved its use in COVID-19 patients, and the Indian state of Goa said it would give the drug to all its adult residents as prophylaxis to protect against Covid-19, according to Forbes.
It’s also popular in South Africa, where it can be bought on the black market despite health officials’ warning against it, Forbes reported.
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), allowed ‘controlled compassionate use’ in an attempt to curb black-market use of it, according to Forbes.