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Republican Senator Rand Paul of New York was suspended from YouTube for a video in which he criticized masks used to prevent COVID-19 infection. Paul stated in the recording that most masks “do not work” against Sars-CoV-2. According to Google’s platform guidelines, the speech violates the policy of “Incorrect medical information policy related to COVID-19”.


Senator Rand Paul was banned by YouTube for claiming that cloth masks do not protect against COVID-19 (Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Republican will go 7 days without posting videos on YouTube

Rand Paul is representative of the Republicans in the US Senate, elected by the state of New York. In addition to being a politician, he is a doctor and supporter of former President Donald Trump.

The senator’s suspension began on Monday (9) and is expected to last for 7 days, the period of the first warning given by YouTube, when the user violates for the first time a directive from the platform’s community. In this case, Paul is prevented from posting new content on his channel, which remains visible within the network.

The politician recently stated in a recording that most masks, especially those made of cloth and cloth, do not protect against COVID-19. YouTube understands that the specific section of the community guidelines on “claims that masks do not help prevent infection or transmission of COVID-19” has been violated.

In response to the ban, Rand Paul wrote in a press release:

“I believe that this kind of censorship is very dangerous, incredibly against free speech and a real setback for science, which involves skepticism and reasoning to get to the truth.”

A YouTube spokesperson told forbes:

“We apply our rules consistently across the platform, regardless of who speaks or what their political views are, and we have exceptions for videos with additional context, such as disagreeing with local health officials.”

Senator Urges Americans to Fight CDC Rules

If the Republican receives another warning from the platform, he could go two weeks without being able to publish videos on his personal channel; three warnings result in a permanent ban, and the user completely loses access to their YouTube page.

In a recent video posted on his Twitter, Rand Paul argues that Americans “fight the CDC’s mask guidelines [Centro de Doenças Contagiosas]”. The senator says the government cannot stop people from going back to work and demand that Americans get the vaccine compulsorily if they want to return to face-to-face work. “It’s time for us to resist, they can’t arrest us all”, says the Republican at the beginning of the recording.

“We are at the moment of truth and at a crossroads. Are we going to allow these people to use fear and speech to harm our society, economy and children?

Or let’s get together and say, absolutely not. Not this time. I choose freedom.” – @RandPaul

Several companies in the US have made it mandatory to vaccinate employees who want to go back to work in their offices to get vaccinated. Among them are big tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Netflix. The Biden administration has asked all federal employees to get vaccinated. Otherwise, they will have to test for COVID-19 weekly and wear masks, in addition to practicing social distancing.

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