Bongino Uses YouTube Censorship To Highlight Crusade Against Conservatives

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 21 January 2022 05:15
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Days after being banned from the social media platform for violating its Coronavirus misinformation policy, popular Conservative commentator Dan Bongino said YouTube has something against Conservatives regarding content moderation.

On Friday, YouTube suspended Bongino from posting content on the platform for one week and demonetized his videos for at least 30 days because he said in a video that masks are "useless" in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus.

The right-leaning TV and radio host told the Washington Examiner that there were no randomized controlled trial analyses that surgical or cloth masks were useful at decreasing the spread of the coronavirus, although he acknowledged the N95 masks were adequate at doing so.

Bongino said YouTube does not apply its content moderation rules consistently or fairly because it only targets the political speech of Conservatives, not Liberals.

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"The Left, who told us about the Wuhan lab leak being a conspiracy theory, never got censored for that,” Bongino told the Washington Examiner in an interview Monday.

“Isn't it kind of weird that liberals said things that weren't true without the evidence regarding the lab leak — why aren't they ever banned?” he added.

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Bongino said Liberals, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins, two of the nation's leading experts on infectious diseases, and several news organizations all falsely claimed at one point that the possibility of the virus originating in a lab in Wuhan, China, was a conspiracy theory.

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The lab leak theory was deemed misinformation in 2020, including by the World Health Organization and other respected health authorities. The theory is considered plausible, including by the Biden Administration, Fauci, and Collins.

YouTube's COVID-19 medical misinformation policy does not allow any content that spreads misinformation contradicting local health authorities or the World Health Organization’s medical guidelines regarding the virus.

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“We removed a video for violating our policies on COVID-19 misinformation, specifically for comments that masks are useless, resulting in a first strike on the channel,” a YouTube spokesperson said in an email to the Washington Examiner when asked about Bongino’s suspension.

“We have these policies in place to prevent the risk of real-world harms, and update them as health authority guidance evolves. We apply our policies consistently across YouTube based on the content itself, regardless of the speaker,” they added.

After former President Donald Trump was kicked off most major social media platforms in 2021 following the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Bongino worked to create an option for people and organizations that might be powerless to censorship by Big Tech companies.

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