Big Tech has ruthlessly targeted COVID-19 content, both during the pandemic and as society moves back toward pre-pandemic normalcy. In February 2022, MRC found over 800 cases of Big Tech censoring the COVID-19 debate from March 17, 2020, to Feb. 3, 2022.
Censorship has taken the form of bans, deleted content and other restrictions. Targeted posts have generally pertained to the virus, vaccines, and/or masking and other government mitigation policies.
Individuals and organizations censored over coronavirus-related content include prominent social media influencers: podcaster Joe Rogan, conservative radio hosts Dan Bongino and Mark Levin, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Sens. Rand Paul and Ron Johnson, news organizations from Fox News to Reason magazine, as well as prominent academic journals like the British Medical Journal.