IAP Slams Censorship of Senator Rand Paul, M.D., by Google’s YouTube

August 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Mike Davis, Founder and President of the Internet Accountability Project, today released the following statement after Google’s YouTube suspended U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a medical doctor, for citing two peer-review scientific studies saying many of the cloth face masks sold are not effective in stopping COVID-19:

“This is outrageous. Senator Rand Paul is a licensed medical doctor, yet Big Tech is censoring him for citing two peer-reviewed studies and raising legitimate concerns about the effectiveness of cloth masks,” Davis said. “Google’s decision to suspend Dr. Rand Paul from YouTube politicizes a legitimate scientific and medical discussion. It also undermines the American public’s confidence in the COVID science, at a time when the Biden administration is struggling to get hesitant Americans to get vaccinated. Google should welcome—not censor—these debates, so people can make the determination for themselves to get vaccinated. Simply put, Google’s political derangement will cost lives.

“The reason Google has the power to censor a sitting senator and medical doctor is because it’s a trillion-dollar monopolist that simply buys its competition, as Google did with YouTube. This latest overreach by Big Tech just further proves that there can be no more delays or excuses in updating and enforcing our century-old antitrust laws. We cannot tolerate the targeting of conservatives by the overlords in Silicon Valley any longer. It’s past time to end antitrust amnesty. It’s past time to break up Big Tech.”

IAP is a nonprofit conservative advocacy group that holds Big Tech accountable for engaging in egregious business practices like snooping, spying, political bias against conservatives, employee abuses and anticompetitive conduct. Davis previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and led the Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of circuit court judges. More information on Davis and IAP can be found here.

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