Former President Donald Trump was greeted with roaring applause when he appeared at a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) event held in Dallas, Texas recently. However, it seems that YouTube wasn’t quite as thrilled with his reemergence.
In yet another chilling act of Big Tech censorship, Youtube removed a video of Trump talking about a class-action lawsuit against Big Tech over censorship issues, while also preventing the streaming of his weekend CPAC speech. The account that uploaded the video was temporarily suspended as well, according to The Washington Times.
CPAC, which is organized by the American Conservative Union (ACU), discovered that the organization’s YouTube account was hit with a seven-day suspension.
Why the suspension?
The ACU released a statement explaining that YouTube sent an email saying that the account suspension was a result of what they deemed “medical misinformation,” although the company failed to specify which comments it considered to be misinformation or which medical doctors at YouTube were qualified to make such determinations.
“ACU believes YouTube was offended by sound medical research conducted by the Smith Center for Infectious Diseases & Urban Health and Saint Barnabas Medical Center,” the ACU statement read.
“Former President Donald Trump referenced the study in the video that YouTube removed, saying, ‘doctors and medical groups have been barred from these platforms for posting about therapeutics such as hydroxychloroquine…now, most recent studies say [the drug is] effective in combating the virus.'”
The statement also took aim at YouTube’s parent company, Google, complaining that its “political biases heavily influence YouTube’s definitions of ‘misinformation’ and that the political beliefs of Google executives take priority over the free speech rights of Google users.”
“Yet another example”
ACU chairman Matt Schlapp opined on the shocking development, saying, “It is clear that YouTube censored CPAC because we stood with former President Donald Trump on his lawsuit against Big Tech.”
“This is yet another example of Big Tech censoring content with which they disagree in order to promote the political positions they favor,” Schlapp added.
The suspension is not the first time Trump has clashed with Big Tech firms who like to wield their censorship hammer, as the former president was kicked off of most social media platforms following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Fox News reported last week that Trump is moving ahead with his aforementioned class-action lawsuit for what he and others have claimed is a systematic de-platforming of many American conservatives.
“There is no better evidence that Big Tech is out of control than the fact that they banned the sitting president of the United States earlier this year,” Trump told reporters. “If they can do it to me, they can do it to anyone.”