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Rand Paul quits YouTube in protest against censorship by Big Tech

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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US Senator Rand Paul has announced he is quitting YouTube in response to Big Tech censorship of opposing views.

In an op-ed, “My New Year's resolution: I'm quitting YouTube,” published by the Washington Examiner on Monday, Paul said his decision to stop posting videos on YouTube is part of his “exodus from Big Tech.”

The Republican senator accused the platform of censoring his content. Paul received two strikes from YouTube, in August and September, over videos the platform said violated its COVID-19 misinformation policy. His account was suspended for seven days for each strike.

Other Republican lawmakers have also accused technology giants, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, of censoring their content.

“Every year, people resolve to do things that are better for their health — quitting alcohol, processed food, toxic relationships. I have come to the realization that my relationship with YouTube is dysfunctional,” wrote Paul.

“Sure, I can get millions of views. But why should I allow anonymous ‘fact-checkers’ to censor my fully sourced, fact-based content? They don’t want to challenge or debate me with opposing views, they just want my silence,” he added.

“Everyone complains about Big Tech. The Left says Big Tech doesn’t censor enough. The right complains that Big Tech censors too much already,” he stated.

“Many in Congress, on the Left and the Right, want to break up or regulate Big Tech, but few of these loud voices have actually stepped up and quit using Big Tech,” he said.

“So today, I announce that I will begin an exodus from Big Tech. I will no longer post videos on YouTube unless it is to criticize them or announce that viewers can see my content on rumble.com.”

The senator wrote that he chose to begin his Big Tech boycott by quitting YouTube because the platform has the worst censors.

He encouraged others who do not agree with mainstream platforms’ policies to opt out of using the sites such as the video-sharing site Rumble, which has become popular among Republicans who have fled mainstream social platforms.

Rumble entered into an agreement with former President Trump’s media company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) in December.

“About half of the public leans right. If we all took our messaging to outlets of free exchange, we could cripple Big Tech in a heartbeat. So, today I take my first step toward denying my content to Big Tech. Hopefully, other liberty lovers will follow,” he wrote.

“My goal is to eventually quit Big Tech entirely. I’ve created a news aggregator site, libertytree.com that brings together writers and news in defense of small government and expansive personal liberty,” he added. “Competition is the answer. So, to complainers about Big Tech censorship, just quit!”


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