YouTube Deletes Videos of Senate Hearing from Sen. Ron Johnson’s Channel

AP Photo/Reed Saxon
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Google-owned YouTube took down several videos from the channel of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). The videos were from a Senate hearing on coronavirus treatments, featuring a doctor testifying about the use of the medicine Ivermectin in cases of the Chinese virus.

In public comments, Sen. Johnson said YouTube’s decision to take down videos of the hearing was an attack on freedom of speech.

“Google’s YouTube removed two videos of doctors testifying under oath at my US Senate hearing on early treatment of COVID,” reported the Senator on Twitter.

“Another body blow to freedom of speech and expression. Very sad and scary. Where does this end?”

“Apparently, the ‘doctors’ at Google know more about practicing medicine than heroic doctors who have the courage and compassion to actually treat COVID patients and save lives,” continued Sen. Johnson.

In a message sent to managers of Sen. Johnson’s channel, YouTube said the videos of the hearing violated its policies on COVID-19.

“YouTube doesn’t allow claims that contradicts local health authorities medical information about COVID-19, to include guidance on treatment, prevention or transmission guidance,” said the Google-owned platform.

In comments to Breitbart News, Ben Voelkel, communications director for Sen. Johnson, condemned YouTube’s decision, who pointed out that videos of the same Senate testimony were still up on YouTube accounts of mainstream media publications

“Bottom line, it’s an example of big tech singling out conservative voices to silence them. For proof, the same testimony is still up on Bloomberg News’ youtube page,” said Voelkel.

“Also, this comes just a couple days after the NIH said there was insufficient evidence to recommend against the use of ivermectin to combat covid-19.”

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. His new book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election, which contains exclusive interviews with sources inside Google, Facebook, and other tech companies, is currently available for purchase.

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