Trump’s Lies Get American Conservative Union Banned From YouTube
Last week twice-impeached former president Donald Trump made the grand announcement of a class action lawsuit against Google, Twitter and Facebook over the fact that the tech giants banned him from their sites for lying about the 2020 election and for posting dangerous lies about ineffective treatments for COVID-19. Legal experts dismissed the action as frivolous, with exactly zero chance of succeeding.
Apparently the folks at the American Conservative Union (ACU) weren’t paying attention to the reason Trump got himself banned. In a July 9 episode of the conservative group’s program “America UnCanceled” Trump discussed the coronavirus pandemic and espoused more of his unfounded, unscientific theories about treatments for the disease. Google’s YouTube was, however, paying attention and deleted the video of that program and froze ACU’s account for seven days for violating its terms of service.
Part of the fallout from that move is that ACU, which runs the just concluded Conservative Political Action Conference – the hate-fest commonly known as CPAC – couldn’t live-stream or upload Trump’s speech or any other content from its Dallas event.
The irony is beyond delicious. In a statement, ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said, “It is clear that YouTube censored CPAC because we stood with former President Donald Trump on his lawsuit against Big Tech. This is yet another example of Big Tech censoring content with which they disagree in order to promote the political positions they favor.”
ACU said that a YouTube email indicated it had removed the July 9 video because it contained “medical misinformation,” although it did not specify the statement that triggered the ban. It appears that Trump continuing to tout hydroxychloroquine might have had something to do with it.
“ACU believes YouTube was offended by sound medical research conducted by the Smith Center for Infectious Diseases & Urban Health and Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Former President Donald Trump referenced the study in the video that YouTube removed, saying, ‘doctors and medical groups have been barred from these platforms for posting about therapeutics such as hydroxychloroquine … now, most recent studies say [the drug is] effective in combating the virus,’ ” the group’s statement said.