YouTube suspended Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wis.) account for one week over a video of a panel discussion on COVID vaccines. The panel featured doctors, scientists and people injured by the vaccines.
For the fifth time this year, YouTube suspended Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wis.) YouTube channel — this time for “spreading misinformation” in a video of a Nov. 2 roundtable discussion featuring scientists, doctors and people injured by COVID vaccines. Or as Johnson said in a tweet: “For the 5th time this year, @YouTube is censoring me from telling you the truth.”
For the 5th time this year, @YouTube is censoring me from telling you the truth.
This time they don’t want you to hear 3.5 hours of stories from doctors, scientists and the vaccine injured.
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) November 13, 2021
A YouTube spokesperson told The Hill, the platform suspended Johnson’s account for one week, beginning Nov. 13, and removed part of the 4-hour video of the panel discussion, but allowed a shorter version to stay up.
The spokesperson said:
“We craft our policies to reduce the risk of real-world harm, updating them as official guidance evolves, and we consider the context of a video to make exceptions that balance open discussion of people’s experiences with preventing the spread of harmful misinformation.”