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YouTube suspends Sen. Ron Johnson's account for posting video about dubious Covid-19 treatments

June 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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YouTube suspended GOP Sen. Ron Johnson's account on Friday after he posted comments regarding dubious treatments for Covid-19.

Washington, DC (CNN)YouTube suspended GOP Sen. Ron Johnson's account on Friday after he posted comments regarding dubious treatments for Covid-19.

"We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don't allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

Johnson's spokeswoman Alexa Henning told CNN that Johnson's account will be suspended for a week and that the video posted on his account was from a virtual event hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club.

YouTube doesn't allow medical misinformation about Covid-19, including anything that recommends use of ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19, according to the company.

"They have decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies," Johnson said in a statement to CNN.

Henning, Johnson's spokeswoman, said that a full video of the event posted by the press club remained on YouTube until Friday evening, when it was also removed with a message saying it had violated YouTube's community guidelines.

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