Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has left YouTube after the platform allegedly censored him.
The senator has discussed vaccine mandates and has been critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci during the pandemic. Fauci has been consistently criticized for changing his views on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and economic recovery after the pandemic. Paul said that he has been censored on Big Tech platforms like YouTube for speaking out against Fauci.
Paul will now post videos to his Rumble channel, an alternative video platform.
“This has become so polarized that you’re either completely in the bag with Fauci or completely opposed to him,” Paul said last year. “There is no one wanting to actually get to the truth of where this came from or understand that this could happen again.”
In today’s press release, Paul said Big Tech platforms were waging an “anti-progress of science war.”
“Over the last year, YouTube has continued to wage its dangerous, anti-progress of science war against free speech, choosing to act in lockstep with government and ban videos posted by Dr. Paul that dared to contradict the government’s position,” the release said. “These videos included conversations with journalists where he discussed the efficacy of masks, particularly cloth masks, and a video explaining the science behind why cloth masks don’t work.”
Paul said that while he supports the right of private companies to ban whomever they want, he believes that a “marketplace of ideas” is an essential element of a free-thinking society.
“Today I begin my exodus from Big Tech, starting with the worst censor of all, YouTube,” Paul said. “As a libertarian leaning Senator, I think private companies have the right to ban me if they want to, however, those of us who believe that truth comes from disputation and that the marketplace of ideas is a prerequisite for innovation should shun the close-minded censors and take our ideas elsewhere, which is exactly what I’m doing.”
YouTube previously suspended Paul’s channel for seven days after he questioned Fauci’s credibility. The platform also appeared to remove the video in question as well as a response video from Paul criticizing the move.
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