YouTube has confirmed they will remove any videos promoting information contradictory to official World Health Organization guidance in their latest indication they’re uninterested in promoting free speech on their platform.
In a Sunday interview with Brian Stelter on CNN’s Reliable Sources, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki declared that the platform’s goal is to lend extra weight to “authoritative sources” like the WHO.
“Anything that would go against World Health Organization recommendations would be a violation of our policy. And so remove is another really important part of our policy,” she said.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcocki says users are using the platform during the coronavirus crisis.
It started with basic information but now users “want to know about life under quarantine… like exercise at home. How do I fix my freezer? How do I give myself a haircut.” pic.twitter.com/p8jxTUBRte
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) April 19, 2020
“We have served billions of impressions across our network that come from all the different public health organizations, and made sure that people understand what are the resources,” Wojcicki said at the start of the interview. “We have actually seen a 75 percent increase in the news coming from authoritative sources … so we talk about that as raising authoritative information. But then we also talk about removing information that is problematic, you know.”
Wojcicki went on to give examples of supposed misinformation.
“Of course, anything that is medically unsubstantiated,” she said. “So people saying, like, take vitamin C, you know, take turmeric, like, those are—will cure you. Those are the examples of things that would be a violation of our policy.”
It’s interesting that Wojcicki would pick Vitamin C and turmeric of all things, given that these are both being studied in earnest for their potential efficacy in preventing or treating COVID-19.
According to Dr. Leo Galland, MD, “protection through nutrition” may be possible. In a handbook that has received some attention from mainstream media, Dr. Galland notes that turmeric acts to improve ACE-2 function and, alongside regular aerobic exercise and a plant-based whole foods diet “based on the biology of the virus, [may] diminish the likelihood of severe illness.”
Very informative piece on supplements that can be taken to increase your immune system function to fight off infections such as corona virus. I’ve read the scientific journals that show these can help so don’t knock it as fake news https://t.co/eb82q7zmaL
— GoldBelt (@BeltGold) April 4, 2020
Under YouTube’s new policy, would Dr. Galland be able to share his findings?
Vitamin C, on the other hand, has reportedly been used in large doses to treat coronavirus patients in some of New York State’s largest hospitals.
“Dr. Andrew G. Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island, said his intensive-care patients with the coronavirus immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C,” the New York Post reported back in March.
Dr. Weber readministered identical amounts of the antioxidant three or four times a day, he told the Post, adding that “the patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C. It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.”
Would Dr. Weber be welcome to report his clinical findings on YouTube?
Of course, Stelter failed to pitch these pertinent questions to Wojcicki or push her on YouTube’s stance on the WHO’s documented dissemination of proven false Chinese propaganda.
Take, for example, the WHO’s January report that Chinese authorities found no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus:
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
If a YouTuber created content that suggested there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” of coronavirus, would they be compliant with the platform’s policy?
This is how authoritarian technocrats work, folks. They know that they must control the flow of information or they will lose control of the minds of the people.
We will not fall for it, and we will not stand for it.
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