Youtube has recently taken down a video from the American Conservative Union (ACU) in which former President Donald Trump announced that he would file a lawsuit against Big Tech.
In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference hosted by ACU, the 45th president made clear on Thursday, July 8, that his class-action lawsuit is aimed to force Big Tech to stop censoring the American people, giving some bases for the case amid concerns that the lawsuit would be “dead on arrival.”
However, YouTube has “issued a strike against” the ACU and “banned the organization from posting for one week,” according to an emailed statement.
The removal came two days after the video was uploaded. Explaining the action, YouTube said that the video contained alleged “medical misinformation” regarding COVID-19 that violated its terms and conditions.
YouTube did not point out exactly how the video “violated” its policies.
“It is clear that YouTube censored CPAC because we stood with former President Donald Trump on his lawsuit against Big Tech,” ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said in a statement.
“This is yet another example of Big Tech censoring content with which they disagree in order to promote the political positions they favor,” he continued.
“Google’s political biases heavily influence YouTube’s definitions of ‘misinformation’ and that the political beliefs of Google executives take priority over the free speech rights of Google users,” stated the ACU.
ACU also said that the censorship came as former president Trump was touting hydroxychloroquine’s efficiency in COVID-19 early treatment even though his claims “are backed by sound medical research conducted by local health authorities.”
“YouTube’s removal of our content and the one-week ban they imposed on our account has nothing to do with ‘medical misinformation’ and everything to do with suppressing content about the class-action lawsuit,” the group stated.
In an opinion article written and published in Wall Street Journal, Trump clarified why he is suing Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, one day after he announced the class-action lawsuit against the tech giants.
According to the former president, one of the gravest threats to democracy today is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with the government to censor free speech in the United States.
“This is not only wrong—it is unconstitutional,” he wrote, adding that the lawsuit would help restore free speech for himself and every American.