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A GOP gubernatorial candidate from Minnesota, Scott Jensen, got banned from TikTok after multiple community violations.
The complaints against Jensen came after he posted now viral videos spreading misinformation about the pandemic. These posts violated the social media platform's misinformation guidelines.
Jensen has gained public attention—reaching a whopping 280,000 followers in just over a month—from his conspiracy theories and critique of the government's pandemic response. The gubernatorial hopeful said he joined TikTok in an attempt to connect with millennial voters.
Not giving up on his social media misinformation campaign, Jensen took to Twitter posting a video on Thursday where he talked about the TikTok account take down.
You can watch the video below.
After 286,000 followers 1.2 Million likes 100,000+ views per day I've been Banned by @tiktok_us. Cancelled. My acc… https://t.co/IOomgGHZlU— Scott Jensen (@Scott Jensen)1617939686.0
Jensen claimed his posts concerning a recent 60 minutes about Florida's vaccine program were removed and then he was "permanently banned without explanation."
In the video rant he said:
"It's really pretty confounding, but it sure feels like being canceled."
Responding to requests, a spokesperson for TikTok did confirm Jensen's account was removed and his posts violated the community guidelines on pandemic related misinformation.
In the past Jensen—a family physician turned politician—faced a complaint that challenged his medical license because of untrue statements and conspiracy theories regarding the pandemic, including claiming death tolls were inflated.
Jensen wrote to Axios saying:
"A complaint regarding [misinformation] regarding COVID-19 is so broad I don't know how to respond."
"It seems like anything that goes against the conventional mainstream might be construed as misinformation."
Twitter followers did not take kindly to the rant defending his misinformation.
@drscottjensen @tiktok_us @60Minutes A TikTok spokesperson confirmed to Axios that Jensen had been removed for viol… https://t.co/LmzTsBnavX— David Wickham (@David Wickham)1618201032.0
@Nubianp69480838 @drscottjensen @tiktok_us @60Minutes An opinion isn’t a fact, and a truth isn’t an opinion. He ha… https://t.co/oU9EjBUTR6— Kevin (@Kevin)1617993935.0
@drscottjensen @tiktok_us @60Minutes It probably wouldn’t happen to the average person because most of us aren’t cr… https://t.co/3k4hTCcR3N— Bill Tamlyn 🇺🇸 (@Bill Tamlyn 🇺🇸)1617995060.0
@drscottjensen @tiktok_us @60Minutes Lying and spreading misinformation and then being banned isn't "canceling." Th… https://t.co/OfRZN9YdKf— Chris 'I'm not a cat' Tubbs (@Chris 'I'm not a cat' Tubbs)1617997586.0
@belmer @drscottjensen @tiktok_us Censorship? He has a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email, the channels, radio, al… https://t.co/2YHQ8rvVFb— Kevin (@Kevin)1617993808.0
@drscottjensen @tiktok_us @60Minutes We’re laughing at you, Scott— Brian Dominic (@Brian Dominic)1617984432.0
@drscottjensen @tiktok_us @60Minutes Quack doctor under investigation for making false medical claims can't figure… https://t.co/LHykWrewsT— Mr Fact Checker (@Mr Fact Checker)1617975217.0
@drscottjensen @tiktok_us @60Minutes Is the explanation of “stop lying to people and spreading fear about a known v… https://t.co/m3uVCAxF8r— Kevin (@Kevin)1617993740.0
@drscottjensen @tiktok_us @60Minutes Simple solution: Quit spreading lies. Having people that believe something doesn’t make it truthful.— Perry Auticle (@Perry Auticle)1618166953.0
@drscottjensen @tiktok_us @60Minutes I’m sorry you don’t understand, maybe check with a grown up?— 2040 History book (@2040 History book)1618181935.0
Maybe Jensen needs to learn the difference between opinions and facts.