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Maskholes: Google, YouTube Banning Users for Questioning Effectiveness of Masks.

Big Tech is Censoring Information About Masks, Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine.

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Key Points

  • YouTube is censoring – and banning – users who question effectiveness of masks.
  • Its COVID misinformation policy also censors topics like Ivermectin an Hydroxychloroquine.
  • Back in August, Rand Paul had a video removed in which he questioned masks.

There are more than 2 billion active users on YouTube. 25% of the world’s population use the video sharing platform every month. 60% of users visit the site twice a day. And, according to Pew Research, 26% of American adults also get their news from the Google-owned giant.

Well, some news.

According to a report over at the Federalist, YouTube is threatening to ban users who question the effectiveness of masks in preventing COVID-19 transmission. “YouTube doesn’t allow content about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of egregious harm,” the site’s COVID misinformation policy reads.

“Claims that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects” are off limits, as are “claims that masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19.” Both of these violate company policy.

And be careful when speaking about Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine.

“Content that recommends use of Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19” is also prohibited, despite the fact that Ivermectin is actually used in COVID-19 treatments and is not a horse dewormer medication. (As a reminder, Ivermectin is derived from a Nobel Prize-winning medicine called avermectin and is widely used to fight more than 21 viruses world-wide, including SARS-CoV-2, the cause for COVID-19.)

“YouTube doesn’t allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts local health authorities’ (LHA) or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) medical information about COVID-19…policies on COVID-19 are subject to change in response to changes to global or local health authorities’ guidance on the virus.”

Subject to change? YouTube is more fickle than Fauci.

Back in August, YouTube removed one of Rand Paul’s videos in which the Kentucky Senator discussed the effectiveness of masks.

“YouTube said the video violated their policy, because of my comments on masks, and they don’t allow videos that contradict the government’s guidance on COVID. YouTube may be a private entity, but they’re acting like an arm of the government, censoring those who present an alternative view to the science deniers in Washington,” Paul said.

Is YouTube really censoring alternative views around mask efficacy?

Try Googling it.