Youtube joins Twitter in censoring any speech that is seen as a “denial of expert guidance”. This includes censoring fully qualified individuals with PhDs and MD degrees, if they do not adhere precisely to CDC and WHO recommendations regarding any aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Someone else asks the awkward question about Twitter’s Ministry of Truth that deletes tweets not adhering to the “expert” line: But what to do when the experts, like WHO, were in fact, wrong? Current policy is to prohibit those who question WHO. Now Twitter will label tweets as well as shadow ban anything that conflicts with the Ministry of Truth.
Why I left Nextdoor.com, largely left Twitter, have left several Facebook groups and even marked most of my own blog posts about Covid-19 as private – what happened?
A link to Twitter’s official policy on how it censors tweets concerning Covid-19. Hilarously, it also censors many tweets previously issued by public health officials and politicians – with examples of those tweets included in this post. Too funny.
I have deleted nearly all of my prior posts on observations, questions, comments or hopeful news items regarding Covid-19 after concluding that in the present environment, even to ask a question is to commit a thought crime. I had posted my comments on one of my other blogs.
See how a WSJ report skews your views of the subject of a news article by diminishing the impressive background of the primary individual in the story. This is a common technique to spin a news story. Ultimately, rather than blame some for asking odd questions, we should ask why were they confused in the first place? The answer comes down to poor public messaging surrounding public health – from the public health practitioners themselves.
Canada proposes mandatory licensing of all who disseminate “news”, not just through broadcasting but also on the Internet, plus regulating “foreign” streaming services.
Neither the news media nor Facebook are under any legal requirements to censor the name of the whistleblower.
In 2017, without warning or recourse, Google shut down all services associated with Salil Mehta, a professor of statistics, editor of a statistics journal, author of a best selling book on statistics, a former Obama administration official and later, a polling statistics adviser to the Trump campaign. His offense? He ran a blog about mathematics! Google, Facebook and Twitter have become the totalitarian governments of the 21st century, stifling speech their algorithms choose to flag. Unlike us peons, Mehta is well connected and a huge outcry caused Google to reinstate his account.
The European Court of Justice (EU’s equivalent to the US Supreme Court) rules that social media platforms can be ordered to remove defamatory speech, world wide. In other words, individual nations can enforce their speech restrictions, globally.