Gov. DeSantis slams YouTube, Google for pulling Fla. COVID-19 video
UPDATED 1:13 PM PT – Monday, April 12, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) came out swinging against YouTube after the site removed a video of his, claiming it was COVID-19 misinformation.
At a press conference on Monday, DeSantis went after the Big Tech sites, saying YouTube and Google are not hubs for truth, but are enforcers of narrative. He went on to criticize the companies as “a council of censors in service of the ruling elite.”
Last week, YouTube deleted a roundtable discussion from last month which was posted to a Tampa-area news station’s page.
During the talks, Ivy League medical scholars, former White House advisers and other professionals discussed the effectiveness of masks and lockdown measures.
“So when they took down the videos that were posted by some of the local news outlets here in the state of Florida, they were really continuing what they’ve been doing for the past year. Stifle debate, short-circuit scientific inquiry, make sure that the narrative is not questioned,” DeSantis stated. “And I think that we’ve seen already that that has had catastrophic consequences for our society.”
YouTube claimed they removed the video because “it contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities.”