The Big Tech YouTube platform censored another head of state for the unforgivable: he dared to question the liberal narrative regarding COVID-19.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was reportedly punished by YouTube for sharing his views as head of state regarding COVID-19. “YouTube deleted videos of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday for spreading misinformation about Covid-19, becoming the latest internet platform to take action against a leader,” The New York Times reported. Time illustrated for readers that YouTube “played a important role in the coming to power of Mr. Bolsonaro ”and would be“ more widely watched in Brazil than all TV channels except one.
A Google spokesperson responded to a request from MRC Free Speech America, explaining, “After careful consideration, we have removed videos from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel for violating our COVID-19 medical disinformation policies. The spokesperson for the platform also dubiously claimed that “[w]We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political opinion.
Unfortunately for those in the grip of Big Tech, the question of which drugs are effective in treating COVID-19 has become extremely politicized, with only a narrow range of opinions authorized. YouTube, for example, isn’t the only platform purging users for speculating on the viability of using hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19.
Facebook has censored speculation about the use of hydroxychloroquine as cure at the end of July 2020, even when other countries would have used it as a treatment. Recover the Net addressed what one might call “a case of digital imperialism” in July 2020. The article pointed out that “Facebook has decided to impose the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rules on its users”, despite the reported use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 in other countries. Reclaim The Net referenced a study by word, an organization that facilitates “medical collaboration and crowdsourcing”. The study indicated that hydroxychloroquine is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for the virus:
“The use of hydroxychloroquine among COVID-19 caterers is 72% in Spain, 49% in Italy, 41% in Brazil, 39% in Mexico, 28% in France, 23% in the United States, 17% in Germany, 16% in Canada, 13% in the United Kingdom and 7% in Japan.
YouTube also censored the former White House presidential adviser and Dr Scott Atlas, MD, for opposing the World Health Organization narrative. “YouTube has ripped a video produced by the Hoover Institute at Stanford University with public health expert Dr Scott Atlas, MD, because it “contradicts the World Health Organization [WHO] or medical information from local health authorities on COVID-19, ”The Blaze reported in a September 14 article.
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