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Internet Reacts After Rand Paul Says He’s Quitting YouTube For Not Letting Him Spread Misinformation

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GOP Sen. Rand Paul says he will no longer post videos to YouTube, unless those videos are to criticize the platform for not letting him spread misinformation about COVID-19 or let viewers know where they can find his new videos, according to the Bowling Green Republican himself.

Paul, who has sparked widespread condemnation over his comments about the pandemic and has been hit with more than 50 complaints against him with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, is blaming YouTube for it.

“Today I begin my exodus from Big Tech, starting with the worst censor of all, YouTube,” Paul said in a release, according to The Courier-Journal. “As a libertarian leaning Senator, I think private companies have the right to ban me if they want to, however, those of us who believe that truth comes from disputation and that the marketplace of ideas is a prerequisite for innovation should shun the close-minded censors and take our ideas elsewhere, which is exactly what I’m doing.”

Paul went on to call YouTube “dangerous” for banning some of his videos, particularly those promoting anti-mask propaganda.

“Over the last year, YouTube has continued to wage its dangerous, anti-progress of science war against free speech, choosing to act in lockstep with government and ban videos posted by Dr. Paul that dared to contradict the government’s position,” it stated.

Naturally, social media users had a lot to say about Paul’s announcement.