YouTube suspends Sen. Ron Johnson again for alleged COVID misinformation

The Big Tech censorship lords are back at it.

A report from Newsweek revealed that YouTube has, for at least the second time, suspended the channel of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for comments that Johnson made about COVID-19 vaccines. 

What did he say?

In the video that led to Johnson’s latest suspension, he questioned the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, which any reasonable adult would consider a valid concern, given how the vaccines are still very new, relative to other vaccines.

“The updated figures today are 17,619,” Johnson said in the video. “That is 225 times the number of deaths in just a 10-month period versus an annual figure for the flu vaccine. These vaccine injuries are real.”

What Johnson was referring to was the Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System, also known as VAERS. For those unfamiliar, VAERS is a database of self-reported reactions to vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccines.

The aftermath

YouTube responded to the video by removing it and by placing Johnson’s channel on a one-week suspension. YouTube replaced the original video with an edited version that does not include Johnson’s statement.

The company claims that it took such action because the video violated its COVID-10 information policies.

“We craft our policies to reduce the risk of real-world harm, updating them as official guidance evolves, and we consider the context of a video to make exceptions that balance open discussion of people’s experiences with preventing the spread of harmful misinformation,” a YouTube spokesperson said.

Johnson responded, saying, “Once again Big Tech is censoring the truth. Why won’t they let the vaccine injured tell their stories and medical experts give a second opinion? Why can’t we discuss the harmful effects of mandates? Apparently, the Biden administration and federal health agencies must not be questioned. How many more lives will be needlessly destroyed?”

Not the first time

This is at least the second time, according to Fox News, that YouTube has suspended Johnson’s channel.

In June, Johnson’s channel received a one-week suspension for two videos he posted from Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearings in which the Republican senator spoke about early treatments for the COVID-19, such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. YouTube claimed that his videos contained “medical misinformation.”

Johnson responded at the time, saying, “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.”

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