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YouTube Actually Suspended a U.S. Senator’s Account — The Reason Why is Truly Disturbing

    Big Tech in the U.S. is pushing foward with its authoritarian agenda to silence free speech that runs counter to the Democrats’ preferred narratives.

    The latest assault on political speech takes aim at a sitting U.S. Senator: Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

    “YouTube has ‘suspended’ a U.S. Senator’s account (mine) because it contained information on possible effective early treatment for COVID using safe, cheap, and available generic drugs,” Johnson tweeted. “Go figure.” But the Senator’s revelation about why it was suspended is alarming.

    “YouTube’s double standard: You can’t hear from doctors who successfully treat covid patients and recommend early treatment, but Chinese state media can use YouTube to say #covid19 came from Italy,” he added.

    “YouTube allows Chinese state media on their platform but not courageous doctors who save lives by treating #covid19 patients. Whose side is Google/YouTube on?” he added.

    These U.S.-based tech giants are actually reminding people more of Chinese state media than companies that operate in a “free” nation. But beyond the obvious incursions against the U.S.’s election integrity, which includes Americans being able to freely discuss their elections, there are a few Republicans working to do more than just complain about the disgraceful state of affairs.

    Florida governor Ron DeSantis this week proposed legislation that would fine tech companies for meddling in U.S. politics. The following are his proposed election law changes:

    • “If a tech company promotes one candidate for office against another, the value of that free promotion must be recorded as a political campaign contribution enforced by the Florida Elections Commission.”
    • “If a tech company uses algorithms to suppress or prioritize the access of any content related to a political cause or candidate on the ballot, that company will face daily fines”
    • “Provide users the ability to bring lawsuits against tech companies and empower the Florida attorney general to bring actions against a tech company for violations of these requirements under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.”
    • “Imposing a daily $100,000 fine on a tech company that deplatforms a candidate for elected office in Florida during an election until the candidate’s access to the platform is restored.”

    “The message is loud and clear: When it comes to elections in Florida, Big Tech should stay out of it,” he warned.

    This is what it will take to push back against these technological tyrants. Merely complaining about the problems is no longer going to cut it.

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