Republican Congressman Censored By Google For “Vaccine Misinformation” Despite Not Really Talking About Vaccines

( )- The ridiculous simply never stops at big tech companies.

This week, YouTube removed a speech by California Republican Representative Darrell Issa from its site. The company, which is owned by the same company that owns Google, said the speech violated their rules against misinformation about vaccines.

In speaking with Fox News about the matter following his speech’s removal, Issa said this particular censorship was just further proof that YouTube’s algorithms are definitely biased against conservatives and their viewpoints.

He said that because the only reference Issa made to COVID-19 vaccines in his speech was when he touted the superiority of the vaccines that the United States offers as compared to the Russian Sputnik vaccine.

The vaccines that are currently approved in the U.S. are widely acknowledged to be much superior to those offered in Russia. In fact, foreign nationals who are trying to enter America won’t qualify if they’ve been vaccinated with the Russian shot.

The speech in question was given by Issa during the EDGE2021 conference, which was held in Las Vegas in July. It’s a government technology conference that’s highly respected.

Only recently, though, did officials from Issa’s office notice that his speech from that conference was taken off of YouTube.

As he told Fox News recently:

“The speech was about data and was a very nonpartisan speech … I used the analogy that just like the original Sputnik, when the Russians were first and we were better, they came out with their vaccine first but ours was better.”

Those words aren’t just Issa’s opinion, either. Many media outlets have reported on how superior America’s vaccines are to their Russian counterparts. Despite this, YouTube hasn’t taken down any of the content that’s been published by liberal media outlets.

As Issa said:

“They don’t take down the AP. They don’t take down the NYT, but they will take down Darrell Issa for a completely benign statement that our product was better.”

He tweeted his disgust on Tuesday when he wrote:

“In my now-censored speech, I pointed out that Russia’s vaccine program was inferior to Operation Warp Speed. And the Russians repeatedly exaggerated their vaccine’s effectiveness every time another country launched a better one. Is any free speech on vaccines allowed?”

It’s almost as if YouTube created an algorithm that searches for conservative videos that mention the word “vaccine.” Then, they automatically take them down, assuming that they will be spreading misinformation — without actually having a human view the video at all.

That’s exactly what has Issa upset. He took particular issue with YouTube saying he was anti-vaccine, when all he was doing was touting America’s superiority to Russia.

As he said:

“The fact that they’re sort of calling me a vaccine-denier when I’m talking about our product being better than a product from a country that didn’t have third-party review is a pretty amazing level of scrutiny, and I think it shows just how much they’re making decisions based on who says something, not what they say.”