YouTube pulls ad for Senate candidate over voter fraud complaint – NBC Connecticut

A week after Republican Congressman Billy Long from Missouri posted a Senate campaign ad claiming the 2020 presidential election was rigged, YouTube removed the ad for violating its guidelines.

Long responded Thursday night by accusing YouTube and other tech companies of censoring conservative candidates and public figures.

“I’m not the only one being canceled by YouTube,” Long said in a press release. “There has been a deliberate and orchestrated effort by Big Tech to silence those with views that do not align with their liberal-leaning agenda. Look what Twitter did to President Trump. He is still prohibited from communicating directly with the American people on his platform.”

YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi said the website banned “content uploaded after official election results have been certified, making false claims that fraud, error, or widespread glitches changed the outcome of the election. the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Long is the latest Republican to fight YouTube. Two GOP lawmakers had their accounts suspended last year over comments related to COVID-19.

In June, YouTube suspended Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin after posting comments about alternative therapies. The Wisconsin Republican accused YouTube of “COVID censorship”.

In August, Sen. Rand Paulof Kentucky was suspended for a week for posting that cloth masks do not prevent infection. He responded by calling YouTube’s decision a “badge of honor” in a Tweet.

Long, 66, represents a district in southwestern Missouri. He is among several candidates for the GOP nomination in 2022 for the seat vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt, who is not seeking a third term.

The ad features Long citing his early support for Donald Trump’s successful presidential bid in 2016.

Federal and state election officials and Trump’s own attorney general said there was no credible evidence the election was tainted. The former president’s fraud allegations have also been flatly dismissed by the courts, including by Trump-appointed judges.

Still, the rhetoric has become a defining issue in several Republican Senate primary campaigns, including in Ohio and Arizona.

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