YouTube suspended the account of Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, in accordance with the platform's COVID-19 misinformation policy. According to a statement from YouTube, Johnson specifically violated a rule against advising the use of Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to prevent COVID infections.
- Johnson made the comments during a virtual event hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club; the full video of the event was removed from YouTube on Friday evening.
- The two-term senator is up for re-election next year.
- In a statement to CNN, Sen. Johnson referred to "YouTube's ongoing COVID censorship" as an example of the "unaccountable power" of the "Big Tech" industry.