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YouTube suspends Sen. Johnson for COVID-19 ‘misinformation’

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to examine Department of Homeland Security personnel deployments to recent protests on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Washington.(Toni Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 7:18 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin has been suspended from uploading videos to YouTube for seven days, after the company said he violated its COVID-19 “medical misinformation policies.”

The issue stems from statements Johnson made during a June 3 Milwaukee Press Club event.

In his statements, posted to YouTube, he criticized the Trump and Biden administrations for working against using cheap, generic drugs to treat COVID-19.

A YouTube spokesperson says the site’s medical misinformation policies don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or another drug to treat COVID-19. The video was removed.

Johnson says YouTube’s “censorship” proves the company has too much unaccountable power.

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