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.
For months, Johnson — who tested positive for coronavirus last fall — has spread anti-vaccine misinformation and downplayed the urgency of vaccinating all Americans against Covid-19, putting the controversial Wisconsin Republican at odds with public health guidance aimed at easing the ongoing pandemic. The two-term senator, who’s facing reelection next year, has also downplayed the seriousness of the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.
YouTube doesn’t allow medical misinformation about Covid-19,
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