DESANTIS ATTACKS YOUTUBE FOR YANKING HIS PANDEMIC VIDEO
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis attacked Youtube and its parent company Google, accusing the tech giant of censorship for its decision last week to remove from its platform video of a coronavirus discussion he organized where his panel criticized lockdowns and some mask wearing as ineffective. Desantis said Youtube’s contention that video of the March 18 panel violates its ban on the posting of disinformation is an attempt to stifle dissent against the federal government’s pandemic response. That discussion included Dr. Scott Atlas, a radiologist who was a coronavirus adviser to former President Donald Trump, and other physicians who support Desantis’ decision to open Florida’s economy with few restrictions. The attack is part of a bigger war Desantis and other Republicans are waging against social media giants, including Facebook and Twitter, contending they discriminate against conservatives.