By Nick Mastrangelo
Recently, Youtube censored a panel held by Florida’s governor, Ron Desantis. The panel was designed to discuss recent research findings related to Covid-19. This panel consisted of professors of medicine from Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford, all citing specific peer-reviewed research from which they formed their opinions.
The panel spoke against forcing children and vaccinated people to wear masks, and said there was no proof that lockdowns reduced the spread or death rates of Covid-19. These are facts and not opinions. They cited specific, peer-reviewed scholarly research on which they based their opinions.
But YouTube decided that these experts were spreading misinformation, and took down the video, “because it included content that contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities regarding the efficacy of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Zero Hedge referred to this latest censorship of the Florida Governor and his panel of experts as this week’s absurdity.
It’s been going on a long, long time.
YouTube has its own medical misinformation policy stated on its platform.
In this policy, there is a preface that reads: “YouTube doesn’t allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts local health authorities’ or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) medical information about COVID-19.”
There are many bullet points that set forth direct violations of Youtube’s Covid policy, including: “Content that recommends use of Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for the prevention of COVID-19; Claims that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects; Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will contain substances that are not on the vaccine ingredient list, such as biological matter from fetuses (e.g. fetal tissue, fetal cell lines) or animal products” and many others.
So how do the well-respected professors on Governor DeSanstis’s panel, who are citing credible sources, not fall under Youtube’s definition of a Local Health Authority?
How has Youtube’s policy changed as new information on vaccines comes to light? Steven Crowder and other conservatives face this problem continually. The fact that YouTube and other tech giants get away with censoring content, and especially conservative content is a crime and at should have been addressed years ago.