Republican Senator Ron Johnson has been blocked by YouTube for seven days because he shared a video in which he spread misinformation about the treatment of COVID-19, as reported by Business Insider early Friday. Johnson, a critic of what he calls “big-tech censorship,” used the video to promote two drugs that have not been shown to work effectively to treat .
“We remove the video in accordance with our COVID-19 Medical Misinformation Policies, which do not allow content that encourages people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus, “a YouTube spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement.
The video sharing site does not allow the dissemination of misleading medical information that poses a serious risk of harm, or content that contradicts local and global health authorities about the treatment, transmission, and prevention of COVID-19.
Senator Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
YouTube said in January that there wasfor spreading misinformation about COVID-19, after banning in October and for spreading such misinformation.
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