Russell Brand

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YouTube censors Russell Brand for misinterpreting NIH information about Ivermectin: Actor and influencer Russell Brand made a video and shared purported screenshots indicating that YouTube removed a video about Ivermectin from his very popular channel. Brand said that the video that YouTube reportedly removed  discussed a notice on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) web site under its "COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines" "Antiviral Therapy" page that listed "Ivermectin," saying "Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug that is being evaluated to treat COVID-19." According to Brand, he mistakenly said that the notice indicated the NIH had approved Ivermectin for use in treating COVID-19. He later recorded an apology video in which he detailed the mistake. However, YouTube removed the original video, citing a violation of its medical misinformation policy according to screenshots Brand shared in his explanation video. He also reported that his channel recieved its first and only warning, after which any further incidents will result in strikes against the channel. Brand detailed other videos, such as by MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, reporting that the COVID-19 vaccines would prevent people from getting infected with the virus. Such claims have been clearly debunked by all authorities now, yet YouTube still has not removed such videos for violating its medical misinformation policy. The censored video is still available on Brand’s Rumble channel. YouTube had not responded to Free Speech America's request for a comment at the time of publication.

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