ORLANDO, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 26: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at the opening of the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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.
The Google and YouTube logos are seen at the entrance to the Google offices in Los Angeles, California, November 21, 2019. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
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.”