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

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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks to reporters before a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

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.