Rand Paul has just joined Marjorie Taylor Greene on the social media sidelines. The Republican Kentucky senator has been banned from posting to YouTube for uploading videos that contain disinformation – commonly known as lies – about the coronavirus, vaccines and masks.
The video that got Paul suspended includes the phrase, “Trying to shape human behavior isn’t the same as following the actual science which tells us that cloth masks don’t work.”
In a statement a YouTube spokesperson said, “This resulted in a first strike on the channel, which means it can’t upload content for a week, per our longstanding three strikes policy. We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political views, and we make exceptions for videos that have additional context such as countervailing views from local health authorities.”
Paul swung back hard, telling reporters, “They are now banning all my speech, including speech that is given on the Senate floor, which is protected constitutional. YouTube now thinks they are smart enough and godly enough that they can oversee speech, even constitutionally protected speech.”
He later tweeted, “A badge of honor … leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work.”
A badge of honor . . . leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work.
If you want to see the banned video go to Liberty Tree https://t.co/gsTUwuLZGL
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 10, 2021
YouTube last week removed a video of an interview the Kentucky Republican senator did on Newsmax in which he discussed his suspicions about the origins of the coronavirus, his feud with Dr. 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’s suspension came on the same day that Twitter imposed a seven-day suspension on Georgia Republican Greene for spreading false information about coronavirus vaccines.