YouTube suspended GOP Sen. Ron Johnson’s account on Friday because he posted a video violating their coronavirus treatment guidelines.
“We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to CNN. YouTube doesn’t allow medical misinformation about Covid-19, including anything that recommends use of ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19, according to the company. Corri Hess, the Milwaukee Press Club president, also tweeted the video remained up on their page and then updated later in a tweet the video was removed by YouTube.
Johnson’s spokesperson, Alexa Henning, said that Johnson’s account will be suspended for a week. She said that the video posted on his account was from a virtual event hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club. She complained that only one viewpoint is permitted on YouTube and that different medical opinions cannot be presented. This also means that Ron Johnson probably has repeated violations of YouTube policies.
Ron Johnson’s opinion presents treatments for coronavirus that do not work and have negative medical benefit since some patients may attempt to pursue them and not a treatment that would keep them alive. Ron Johnson got treatment when he had coronavirus but it was probably not the treatment that he posted. Hypocrisy at its finest.