Bret Weinstein claimed in an interview on Triggernometry:

They also removed Pierre Cory's congressional testimony. He testified in front of the [US] Senate on the very same topic and YouTube removed it. [Interviewer: "What!?"] This is absolutely factual he testified on this topic and YouTube removed it.

Did Youtube take down Dr. Pierre Kory's congressional testimony about how he treats his COVID-19 patients?


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Yes, YouTube removed in February of 2021 a US Senate testimony video of Dr Pierre Kory given December 8, 2020, that largely argues Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. The YouTube link now displays:

This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines. Learn more

This "learn more" leads to Google's COVID-19 medical misinformation policy, which is presumably the cited reason for the censorship:

Don’t post content on YouTube if it includes any of the following:

Treatment misinformation:

[...] Claims that Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine are effective treatments for COVID-19

As evidenced by Senator Ron Johnson on his webpage "Youtube Censored Me":

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The censors at YouTube have decided for all of us that the American public shouldn't be able to hear what senators heard. Apparently they are smarter than medical doctors who have devoted their lives to science and use their skills to save lives. They have decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed, and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies. Government-sanctioned censorship of ideas and speech should frighten us all.

Read my full piece on this Big Tech censorship in the Wall Street Journal: YouTube Cancels the U.S. Senate

Note: YouTube gave us 5 hours warning before deleting Dr. Kory's testimony from my YouTube channel. A few days later the video of that same testimony was also taken down from Fox News Now's YouTube channel, where it had nearly 8 million views. We've seen the video on other YouTube channels like Bloomberg and PBS. The question remains, why selectively delete Dr. Kory's testimony?

Evidently, the 8 minute and 42 second video is still to be found on YouTube, included in various long videos on other channels. The apparent arbitrariness of the selective censorship left many curious:

Kory he was "unsurprised" [sic] by YouTube's recent actions since he was "already made aware of that testimony video being taken down from numerous other people’s Youtube channels," but questioned the timing.


"Why this week? After two months of it accumulating a massive amount of views?" Kory wondered.

A spokesperson for YouTube defended its actions, stating "We enforce our Community Guidelines considently, [sic] regardless of speaker and without regard to political viewpoints. In accordance with our COVID-19 misinformation policy, we removed the two videos in question."

— Joseph A. Wulfsohn: "Physician slams YouTube's 'extremely misguided' decision to pull Senate testimony about COVID treatment Dr. Pierre Kory testified to lawmakers in December about promising COVID treatment ivermectin", BIG TECH BACKLASH Published February 9, Fox News, 2021.

The FLCCC issued a statement called "FLCCC Response to Senate Testimony Removed by YouTube" (PDF)

If anyone is interested in precisely what Kory said in his testimony before the committee, it is also available in written form from the US Senate website, with additional 'evidence' in the form of references he used to base his statements on: Testimony of Pierre Kory, MD — Homeland Security Committee Meeting: Focus on Early Treatment of COVID-19 December 8, 2020

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    How is it "government sanctioned censorship"? Youtube is a private company and can make up its own rules. its the American way. Jun 19, 2021 at 17:22
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    Who wrote "gov sanctioned"? You downvote an answer because you disagree with a phrase a senator used, which is then quoted here? What should I do now? Censor the senator again and/or alter a quote? Jun 19, 2021 at 17:37
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    The casual use of “censored” and “censorship” in the answer is somewhat loaded. Jun 20, 2021 at 16:25
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    "Loaded" needs an explanation as to 'why' & 'in what way' to be useful as a comment. the word & concept is used here as in "From 1640s as 'official empowered to examine books, plays (later films, etc.) to see they are free of anything immoral or heretical.' " As the statements in the video that were censored are heretical to the one true religion that governs YouTube, it seems like a nice fit? Jun 20, 2021 at 16:54
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    @Bobson That's an accident of different deciders on different channels. The question is about YouTube censorship, which is clearly limited to what they control. And this is only notable because YouTube is a monolith with millions of regular users that rarely go elsewhere.
    – user11643
    Jun 23, 2021 at 14:44

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