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Rand Paul, proud proponent of deregulation, throws hissy fit over being suspended from YouTube

YouTube decided to take out the trash yesterday when it suspended Senator Rand Paul’s account for seven days after he used the online platform to spread coronavirus misinformation.

Paul, who supports deregulation and believes businesses should have the legal right to discriminate against whoever they want, posted a video falsely stating that face masks are ineffective against the spread of coronavirus.

“Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work,” the antigay senator from Kentucky claimed. “They don’t prevent infection.”

He also said “cloth masks don’t work” either.

Both of Paul’s claims are false. The CDC, WHO, and countless public health experts, including epidemiologists, all agree that masks help protect against the spread of coronavirus.

A spokesperson for YouTube says Paul’s video violated the company’s policy on COVID-19 misinformation.

“We removed content from Senator Paul’s channel for including claims that masks are ineffective in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19, in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies,” a spokesperson said. “This resulted in a first strike on the channel, which means it can’t upload content for a week, per our longstanding three strikes policy.”

As for Paul, he fired off an angry tweet yesterday accusing YouTube of being run by a bunch of “leftwing cretins” then said being banned from the platform was a “badge of honor.”

“Leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work,” he tweeted.

We can only assume that, given how much he hates YouTube, Paul will not return to the platform next week when his suspension is lifted.

Then in a statement to the right-wing website Liberty Tree, he lied about lying when he said, “I haven’t lied. I haven’t used expletives. I haven’t spread misinformation. I have only told the truth about what our government seeks to do to us, curtailing our most basic liberties, using the COVID-19 pandemic as their excuse.”

Paul’s wife, Kelley, also weighed in on the matter, defending her husband by posting a quote from an email Dr. Anthony Fauci wrote at the very, very beginning of the pandemic before the CDC updated its guidelines on masks in April 2020 when more information about COVID-19 became available.


Here’s how folx on Twitter are responding to Paul’s YouTube suspension…

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.