Sen. Ron Johnson

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YouTube Suspends Senator Ron Johnson and deletes a video of a speech he gave about COVID-19 treatments: According to a report by The Federalist, Senator Ron Johnson's (R-WI) YouTube account has been suspended for one week, and a video deleted by the platform. The video was of a speech Johnson gave about "bureaucrats in the Trump and Biden administrations ... 'not only ignoring but working against robust research [on] the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of COVID,'" according to The Federalist. The drugs mentioned include hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. The Federalist noted that although the National Institutes of Health is currently recommending against hydroxychloroquine use, a new study shows promising results for it, while another shows similar results for ivermectin. The Federalist reported that "YouTube said it was censoring discussion of the drug as part of its policy against 'medical misinformation,' which says it won't allow anything that 'contradicts local health authorities' or the World Health Organization's (WHO) medical information about COVID-19." The report also noted, however, that "WHO scientists and other local authorities have changed their position on whether masks are ineffective or need to be doubled up, whether a vaccine could be developed in a few months, whether asymptomatic spread was a problem, whether spread occurred via infected surfaces, whether children were at significant risk from the virus, whether the economic lockdown would require only '15 days to flatten the curve' or more than a year, and whether the novel coronavirus appeared naturally or accidentally leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology."