Sen. Rand Paul


YouTube appeared to remove Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) video protesting the platform’s censorship and reportedly suspended him for seven days: Paul created a video in response to YouTube’s reported removal of an interview he did with Newsmax where he discussed masking and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul criticized YouTube censorship in his response video, calling it “very dangerous.” He added: “[I]t stifles debate and promotes groupthink where the truth is defined by people with a political agenda.” Paul later called the incident a “badge of honor” in a tweet and said that the platform not only removed the second video but also suspended his channel for seven days. Although Paul has not revealed the exact specifics of his suspension, he likely received a strike infraction after the second video was removed. Strike infractions typically restrict an account from uploading videos or live streaming for a week. YouTube's community standards allow for three strikes after the warning strike within a 90 day period before removing the channel from the platform entirely.