Politics YouTube censors Rand Paul by removing whistleblower video, and he's not happy

18:15  13 february  2020
18:15  13 february  2020 Source:   courier-journal.com

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If you want to see a video of Sen. Rand Paul reading a question that outs the Ukraine whistleblower's alleged identity, you won't be able to find one on YouTube.

The video-sharing platform has removed a video of the Kentucky Republican saying the potential name of the anonymous tipster, according to Politico.

Paul did this twice during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial — once when speaking to a gaggle of reporters after Chief Justice John Roberts declined to read his question, and once from the Senate floor when explaining his vote to acquit the president on both charges he faced.

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YouTube's decision did not sit well with Paul, who said "it is a chilling and disturbing day in America when giant web companies such as YouTube decide to censure speech."

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"Now, even protected speech, such as that of a senator on the Senate floor, can be blocked from getting to the American people," Paul said in a statement. "This is dangerous and politically biased."

"Nowhere in my speech did I accuse anyone of being a whistleblower, nor do I know the whistleblower’s identity," Paul added, repeating an argument he has previously made. "Apparently, YouTube has taken it upon itself to decide what questions can even be asked in the public debate, including on the Senate floor."

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YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said that "videos, comments, and other forms of content that mention the leaked whistleblower’s name violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines and will be removed from YouTube."

"We’ve removed hundreds of videos and over 10,000 comments that contained the name," Choi told Politico. "Video uploaders have the option to edit their videos to exclude the name and reupload."

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Paul persistently urged that the alleged whistleblower be outed publicly throughout the course of the impeachment process, and he used the name of the alleged tipster in two separate interviews with other news organizations in November.

The Kentucky Republican's decision to read his question for the first time in January sparked outrage, with the hashtag #ArrestRandPaul trending on Twitter for a brief period.

The whistleblower's identity has not been revealed or verified publicly, which is why The Courier Journal and USA TODAY are not publishing the person's alleged name or Paul's question.

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Contact Ben Tobin at bjtobin@gannett.com and 502-582-4181 or follow on Twitter @TobinBen. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-journal.com.

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