Senator Rand Paul: censored by YouTube
The new dark age of silencing: YouTube has once again removed videos of Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) while also suspending him for a week, because he stated facts about COVID-19 and masks that YouTube dislikes.
YouTube last week removed a video of an interview the Kentucky Republican senator did on Newsmax. Paul discussed his suspicions about the origins of the coronavirus, his feud with Anthony Fauci over what funding for research in China’s Wuhan lab came from the United States, and argued that most face coverings do not help stop the spread of the virus.
Paul, an eye doctor, then recorded, and on Aug. 3 uploaded, a second video chastising YouTube for taking down the video and promoted one of its competitors, Rumble. He defended his comments on masks. “Saying cloth masks work, when they don’t, actually risks lives, as someone may choose to care for a loved one with COVID while only wearing a cloth mask. This is not only bad advice but also potentially deadly misinformation,” Paul said in the video.
YouTube responded by taking down that video as well, saying that it violated YouTube’s community guidelines. On Tuesday, Paul’s office said that the company imposed a seven-day ban from posting more videos.
YouTube has blacklisted Paul previously, in 2019. It has now simply gotten more aggressive and brazen about its censorship policies, which appear more than anything to aimed specifically at silencing opponents of the Democratic Party, using the coronavirus as an excuse and weapon for doing so.
What amazes me is how nonchalant most Americans have become to this kind of censorship. Even Paul excuses it by noting that YouTube is a private company and has that right.
So what? The behavior is inexcusable. It is downright wrong. To censorship the legitimate expression of a U.S. Senator is the act of totalitarians who believe in oppression, dictatorship, and the end of free speech. It also shows us the utter intellectual dishonesty of the left, as it cannot tolerate dissent, out of fear that dissent might expose its many and very obvious failings.
As recently as ten years ago such repressive actions would have been instantly and universally condemned by everyone, on both sides of the political aisle. Now, the left grins and approves, and the right makes excuses for it.
The dark age is no longer coming. It is here, and day-by-day the darkness grows deeper and more all-encompassing.
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