Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is boycotting YouTube in protest of Big Tech’s anti-conservative censorship.
In an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, Paul revealed that he is moving to Rumble and will only post on YouTube to criticize the far-left platform from now on.
Paul leaving YouTube
Paul’s move comes as liberals applaud Twitter’s recent decision to ban Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), which comes roughly a year after the platform suspended former President Donald Trump while he was still in the White House. (Liberals still like to pretend there is “no evidence” of Big Tech bias, though.)
For his part, Paul said that YouTube has deleted his “fact-based” videos questioning the “edicts of government bureaucrats like Anthony Fauci,” which he said liberals demand a “religious adherence” toward.
He announced he is making an “exodus” from Big Tech platforms, starting with YouTube, and encouraged other conservatives to do the same.
While many on the right have called to break up Big Tech, Paul said that “private censorship of speech is allowable under the law” and suggested conservatives could “cripple” Big Tech “in a heartbeat” if they so desired.
“About half of the public leans right,” he wrote. “If we all took our messaging to outlets of free exchange, we could cripple Big Tech in a heartbeat.”
Alternative to regulation
Paul also made an ironic, and revealing, observation: many leftists have turned to defending Big Tech censorship in the name of property rights.
Indeed, when it comes to Big Tech, Democrats sound almost like libertarians these days. They’re all about the “free market” of a few tech companies — that all share their politics and work in concert to crush the Democratic party’s opposition.
While the left now dismisses all dissent as “misinformation,” they have never been punished for misleading the public throughout the pandemic. Only those questioning their insane ideology — the so-called “conspiracy theorists” who correctly predicted the vaccines wouldn’t stop the spread — have been.
Paul has certainly been throttled for criticizing the left’s COVID-19 lunacy, but he echoed the left’s assertion that Big Tech has the corporate right to crush conservatives, writing, “The first amendment applies to the government, not to private business.” More competition, not regulation, is the answer, he said.
While disagreements on this matter certainly exist on the right, the Big Tech menace is now openly zapping Republican members of Congress. With all respect to Paul, more action may be needed than what he suggests.