YouTube censors Rand Paul, senator accuses tech giant of becoming 'arm of the government'
Paul says he's turning to other platforms like Rumble to upload content that YouTube censors
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced Tuesday he has been censored by YouTube, which he described as becoming an "arm of the government."
"We've had two speeches taken down, and this last one was, I think, a short speech," Paul told Just the News Tuesday on a conference call. "The access to the entire YouTube channel is no longer available."
A spokesperson for Paul explained that YouTube removed two of the senator's videos and suspended his account from uploading videos for seven days.
The conservative senator has steadfastly challenged Dr. Anthony Fauci's approach to the COVID pandemic, from mandatory masks to vaccine mandates.
Paul said the "real debate" surrounds what Congress can do to address censorship on platforms like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. He noted that some conservative Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to break up "Big Tech" but he hasn't been a supporter of that position.
"I've actually been one who thinks private entities really do possess this power as part of private property, but it doesn't make me any less angry," he said. "And so I'll try to channel my anger, not in breaking these companies up, but by publicly expressing my disagreement with them and publicly promoting other places to go like LibertyTree.com, and also Rumble.com. I'm going to be posting on Rumble.com. All the things that are censored from YouTube will go on to Rumble."
Paul told reporters that he sees a pattern in the censorship happening on Google properties.
"Basically, Google and YouTube are becoming an arm of the government. This is where there's a question of whether or not the first amendment actually ought to apply," Paul said.
"I think, for the most part, the first amendment doesn't apply to these entities but if they become an organ for the government, if they are taking CDC pronouncements, which I think there is science on the other side of this to argue against the CDC, which has become very politicized; if they are taking government edicts and then enforcing them, are they a private entity any longer or are they becoming an organ of the government? I think it's terrible for free speech," he also said.