We have to wonder does Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) hate his constituents? What else could he be thinking when he put up a professional video attempting to convince them they should not wear masks? He is a physician, which makes his claim all the more odious. He recently claimed that masks did not do anything to stop the COVID-19 delta variant. But why?
He certainly taught us that words have consequences. For one, on Tuesday YouTube took that video off and suspended him again for a week. The three-minute production violated its policy on Covid-19 medical misinformation. YouTube forbades any video that spreads an assortment of misinformation. It released a statement to The New York Times:
‘[It] claims that masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of Covid-19. We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political views, and we make exceptions for videos that have additional context such as countervailing views from local health authorities.’
Paul has been screaming “fire” in a nationwide theater. Strange given has received a vaccination, The Newsweek reported. He said:
‘Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work. They don’t prevent infection…Trying to shape human behavior isn’t the same as following the actual science, which tells us that cloth masks don’t work.’
Of course, they do work according to most public health experts. Paul called his suspension a “badge of honor” and immaturely blamed “left-wing cretins at YouTube.” If he was looking for more badges of honor, he may soon have a whole chest full of them. He claimed YouTube’s statement:
‘[It is] a continuation of their commitment to act in lock step (sic) with the government. I think this kind of censorship is very dangerous, incredibly anti-free speech and truly anti-progress of science, which involves skepticism and argumentation to arrive at the truth.’
Just last week, YouTube took down an eight-minute Newsmax interview with Paul, which he ran on his YouTube channel where he said, “there’s no value” in masks. The company’s policy first warns an individual. After that, it suspends him for a week.
Last week, YouTube removed an eight-minute Newsmax interview from his channel where the senator said that “there’s no value” in wearing masks. According to YouTube’s policy, the company issues a warning for a first offense. Then there is the weeklong suspension as part of its “first strike.” Its response to a second offense within 90 days is a two-week suspension. A third strike means he would be permanently removed.
The senator tweeted:
‘A badge of honor . . . leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed (sic) articles saying cloth masks don’t work. If you want to see the banned video go to Liberty Tree.’
These tweets say it all:
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