Cancel Culture Limits COVID-19 Information

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Cancel culture is encroaching into the public health sphere, with Facebook removing information about COVID-19 and vaccines it deems erroneous and YouTube removing videos of U.S. Senate hearings on early home treatment for COVID-19 from a U.S. Senator’s YouTube channel.

On February 8, Facebook stated it is expanding its efforts to remove posts and paid ads about vaccines and COVID-19 that is not consistent with “leading health organizations” such as the World Health Organization, including on Instagram.

The announcement, made in a blog post,  gave a detailed list of banned discussions, including content questioning the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines, natural immunity, the severity of COVID-19, mortality rates, and whether social distancing is being ordered to promote 5G technology. Facebook also forbids discussion on cures or preventions for COVID-19, including the use of vitamins that could lead to “harmful self-medication.”  Users are also not permitted to discuss the effectiveness of masks or discourage their use.

“We will begin enforcing this policy immediately, with a particular focus on Pages, groups, and accounts that violate these rules, and we’ll continue to expand our enforcement over the coming weeks. Groups, Pages, and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that repeatedly share these debunked claims may be removed altogether,” the post stated.

In a similar vein, YouTube removed the official videos of two U.S. Senate hearings on early, outpatient COVID-19 treatment committee from Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WS) channel. The videos are still searchable on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs webpage. The videos’ removal led Johnson to write in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal in February.
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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,” Johnson wrote in the op-ed.

In November, YouTube removed a video posted by Peter McCullough, M.D., one of the physicians who testified at one of the U.S. Senate hearings. The video featured a lecture by McCullough on his early COVID-19 protocol that was published in the American Journal of Medicine.

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