YouTube Suspends GOP Sen. Ron Johnson’s Account for a Week Over Video Violating Coronavirus Misinformation Policies

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing on the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, at the U.S. Capitol, on Tuesday. (Graeme Jennings / Pool via Reuters)

YouTube suspended Sen. Ron Johnson’s account on Friday after the Wisconsin Republican posted his recent remarks about alternative therapies to treat Covid-19.

“We removed the video 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,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.

Johnson’s account is blocked from uploading videos for a week. The company’s policy states it does not allow content that spreads medical misinformation contradicting local health authorities or the World Health Organization’s information about Covid-19, regardless of the speaker.

In a June 3 virtual appearance before the Milwaukee Press Club, Johnson criticized the Trump and Biden administrations for “not only ignoring but working against robust research (on) the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of Covid,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

His ban comes as Republicans have increasingly been at loggerheads with tech companies over the perceived censorship of conservatives and a month after former President Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook was upheld. Trump is also still banned or restricted from using YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, among other platforms.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Dartunorro Clark