Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has been blocked by YouTube for seven days because he shared a video where he spread misinformation about COVID-19 treatment, as reported earlier Friday by Business Insider. Johnson, a critic of what he calls "big tech censorship," used the video to promote two drugs that have not been proven to work effectively in treating COVID-19.
"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 told CNET in an emailed statement.
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The video-sharing site doesn't allow medical misinformation posing a serious risk of harm to be spread, or content that contradicts global and local health authorities about COVID-19 treatment, transmission and prevention.
Sen. Johnson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
YouTube said in January that it had removed more than 500,000 videos for spreading COVID-19 misinformation, after banning vaccine misinformation in October and blocking accounts like One America Network for spreading such misinformation.