The evil alliance of Big Brother (Big Tech, Big Government, Big Education, Big Pharma, etc.) has, for the past year and a half, been doing everything within (and without) its power to bury truth or even prevent any healthy debate. What is interesting is that Big Tech in particular is not simply employing the old Marxist tactic of rhetorically twisting or lying about the rules, they are rewriting the rules to say whatever they want.
For that reason, I am embarking on a series of articles exposing different internet platforms for their draconian policies. YouTube’s Covid Policy, for instance, illustrates starkly just how aggressively restrictive of free speech (particularly conservative speech) Big Tech has become.
I have a confession to make—I honestly have barely read the policies for any Big Tech platforms before, even ones with which I have accounts, such as YouTube, Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook. It seems to me that’s fairly typical, however. At any rate, even I was definitely shocked by YouTube’s incredibly detailed and outrageously restrictive “COVID-19 medical misinformation policy.”
This so-called “misinformation policy” bans content on YouTube which is “about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of egregious harm.” Here are just a few sections of this Orwellian policy:
“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. . . Don’t post content on YouTube if it includes any of the following:
- Content that claims that there’s a guaranteed cure for COVID-19
- Content that recommends use of Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19
- Claims that Hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for COVID-19
- Categorical claims that Ivermectin is an effective treatment for COVID-19. . .
- Claims that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects
- Claims that masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19. . .
- Claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or WHO
- Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will cause death, infertility, miscarriage, autism, or contraction of other infectious diseases
- 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. . .
- Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will alter a person’s genetic makeup
- Claims that COVID-19 vaccines do not reduce risk of contracting COVID-19
- Claims that any vaccine causes contraction of COVID-19
Social distancing and self-isolation misinformation: Content that disputes the efficacy of local health authorities’ or WHO’s guidance on physical distancing or self-isolation measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19. . .
- Claims that wearing a mask causes oxygen levels to drop to dangerous levels. . .
- Claims that the COVID-19 vaccine will kill people who receive it. . .
- Videos claiming that the COVID-19 vaccine will contain fetal tissue. . .
- Claims that COVID-19 vaccines are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. . .
- Claims that achieving herd immunity through natural infection is safer than vaccinating the population. . .
We may allow content that violates the misinformation policies noted on this page if that content includes the additional context in the video, audio, title, or description. This is not a free pass to promote misinformation. Additional context may include countervailing views from local health authorities or medical experts. We may also make exceptions if the purpose of the content is to condemn, dispute, or satirize misinformation that violates our policies.
We may also make exceptions for content showing an open public forum, like a protest or public hearing, provided the content does not aim to promote misinformation that violates our policies. . . If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is your first time violating our Community Guidelines, you’ll likely get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we may issue a strike against your channel. If you get 3 strikes within 90 days, your channel will be terminated.”
Now some of this “misinformation” I can disprove or contest from my own experience. As a person with breathing problems, it takes me less than thirty seconds in a mask to start experiencing severe and even dangerous side effects. I have friends with various medical problems who have the same experience.
A former teacher of mine was perfectly healthy, got the Covid vaccine, was sick with Covid the next day, and ended up hospitalized. I have at least two of the “comorbidities” that make Covid very dangerous, but I took ivermectin while very ill with Covid and was well faster than I have ever recovered from sickness in my life (other family members had similar experiences).
Other than that, there is abundant evidence to show—from the US government’s own VAERS website— thousands of reports of Americans dying or experiencing permanent and severe harm due to the vaccine. I know people whose doctors unequivocally refused them treatment because they did not want to deal with the reality of the side effects of the Covid jab. At least one vaccine, J&J, does in fact involve fetal cells in its making. And the Covid vaccines are mRNA vaccines. According to experts in that field, including Dr. Robert Malone, mRNA vaccines can in fact alter DNA (they are “gene therapy”).
YouTube also craftily places more viable positions such as “Claims that hydroxychloroquine saves people from COVID-19” next to views which do seem rather ridiculous (though they are still under the protection of free speech), such as “Videos alleging that if you avoid Asian food, you won’t get the coronavirus.” YouTube is trying to frame any opposition to their official viewpoint as nothing but a laughable conspiracy theory.
I do not have time or room to try and disprove YouTube’s assertions point by point, but suffice it to say that it is simple fact that people CAN die and DO die from every vaccine ever invented. I am generally not an anti-vaxxer—I very much believe in the efficacy of some vaccines. I also know they can harm people as well as help them. There is no fail-proof medical treatment.
Furthermore, even if you disagree with me about the Covid vaccine, even if you are vaccinated and think the vaccine is helpful instead of harmful, YouTube’s insanely restrictive policy should alarm you. YouTube has essentially banned any free speech and necessary, healthy debate on one of the foremost issues America is facing—an issue that literally means life or death for many Americans.
The scientific method itself involves an always-evolving study of facts. In a democratic republic, it is essential that citizens be able to present and be exposed to opposing viewpoints (including viewpoints that are objectively wrong). How can the truth come out if opinions and proposals are not tested, argued about, and examined by multiple individuals? It is dangerous to assume one person or group can claim an incontrovertible truth without any real testing to prove their view’s conformity to reality. I think we can safely say God is not directly revealing Covid policies to Big Brother (much as Fauci likes to presume to semi-divine status). In that case, with people’s lives on the line, caution and open-mindedness are vital.
Of course, YouTube is not really interested in objective truth, it is interested in controlling a narrative. Right now that narrative happens to be Covid. I believe in my opponents’ right to argue for the Covid jab on YouTube. Unfortunately, YouTube does not believe in my right to present facts that conflict with their own views.