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Mike Lindell Conspiracy-Spouting Shut Down At CPAC, Thanks To Social Media Standards

YouTube’s new rules on conspiracy theories regarding COVID-19 are, it turns out, having an effect offline, too. Thanks to the video network’s rules, Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO who’s already facing a lawsuit for spreading unsupported stories about Dominion Voting Systems, was shut down yet again.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 15: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House before entering on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

In the clip below, via Bloomberg reporter William Turton, Lindell is sitting in a booth at CPAC alongside Right Side Broadcasting host Liz Willis. He starts to spread the false conspiracy theory that claims people who do not have COVID-19 are being diagnosed with the virus anyway for nefarious reasons. “You stub your toe, and they say ‘Oh, you’ve got COVID!'” he declares — but before he can go on, he’s interrupted.

“Due to YouTube’s guidelines, we will get our whole platform shut down,” warns Willis.

It’s not the first time someone on the right has suddenly enforced guidelines and stopped Lindell from sharing a conspiracy theory through their platform. He appeared on Newsmax early this month to complain about being banned from Twitter, and when he began to make his usual claims about Dominion Voting Systems, the hosts quickly silenced him and issued a statement correcting him — “We at Newsmax have not been able to verify any of those allegations.”

His movie that purports to show actual evidence of election fraud was also slapped with a disclaimer when it aired on One America News Network — noting that OANN does not endorse the statements in the video, and further, that “statements and claims expressed in this program are presented at this time as opinions only and are not intended to be taken or interpreted by the viewer as established facts.”

However, this latest instance is especially notable since Lindell is at CPAC, where similar conspiracies are being spread on stage.



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