Rand Paul is locked in a bitter battle with Anthony Fauci over the call for new mask mandates.
Now, Silicon Valley is showing its true political colors.
And it’s all because YouTube decided to sack Rand Paul’s channel.
The fight between Senator Rand Paul and Anthony Fauci is now spilling out into social media.
After Rand Paul slammed Fauci’s recent call for a renewed mask mandate over 15 months into the COVID pandemic, Big Tech firms in Silicon Valley are taking action to punish him.
The AP reports, “YouTube suspended U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for seven days on Tuesday and removed a video posted by the Kentucky Republican that claimed cloth masks don’t prevent infection, saying it violated policies on COVID-19 misinformation.”
“Last week YouTube removed a video Paul posted of an interview in which he also disputed whether masks work to prevent infection. Additional violations of YouTube’s policies could result in a two-week suspension followed by a permanent ban,” adds the AP.
For his part, Senator Paul issued the following statement slamming YouTube for its actions.
“As a libertarian-leaning Senator, I think private companies have the right to ban me if they want to, so in this case I’ll just channel that frustration into ensuring the public knows YouTube is acting as an arm of government and censoring their users for contradicting the government,” Paul said.
In a statement explaining their actions, YouTube said: “We removed content from Senator Paul’s channel for including claims that masks are ineffective in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19, in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies. We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political views.”
The only problem with this statement is that it isn’t true.
With regards to “applying our policies consistently across the platform,” YouTube did not take down Joe Biden or Kamala Harris’ pages when Harris said she didn’t trust the “Trump Vaccine.”
Worse yet, YouTube’s actions are just the latest in a growing trend where left-wing politics and Big Tech firms work hand-in-hand to silence conservative voices they disagree with.
Social media giants did not ban the World Health Organization from their platforms when the group took Communist China’s assertions that the COVID-19 virus wasn’t transmitting from person to person in January 2020 as a fact. The world found out just a matter of weeks later that the virus had in fact been spreading from person to person, a reality that the Chinese government had tried to cover up.
What’s more, social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter also didn’t ban Anthony Fauci when he claimed that gain-of-function research was not being conducted in Wuhan, nor when he mislead the American public about the need for wearing two masks, even after they had already been vaccinated.
Conservatives are right to point out that these double standards are being applied only against them, not politicians or public figures who happen to align with the Left.
And the growing social media crackdown against conservative voices, while being justified as preventing “misinformation” and defending “science”, is really about preserving political power for the Left.