YouTube, the video site owned by Google parent company Alphabet, changed their terms of service this morning to go after “disinformation” regarding the Covid-19 injections. They removed countless videos and banned several prominent accounts.
Dr. Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy Jr were among the account owners who learned this morning that they are no longer welcome on the “platform.” Their accounts are gone. According to a Washington Post “news” article that cheered on the move:
YouTube is taking down several video channels associated with high-profile anti-vaccine activists including Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who experts say are partially responsible for helping seed the skepticism that’s contributed to slowing vaccination rates across the country.
As part of a new set of policies aimed at cutting down on anti-vaccine content on the Google-owned site, YouTube will ban any videos that claim that commonly used vaccines approved by health authorities are ineffective or dangerous. The company previously blocked videos that made those claims about coronavirus vaccines, but not ones for other vaccines like those for measles or chickenpox.
Misinformation researchers have for years said the popularity of anti-vaccine content on YouTube was contributing to growing skepticism of lifesaving vaccines in the United States and around the world. Vaccination rates have slowed and about 56 percent of the U.S. population has had two shots, compared with 71 percent in Canada and 67 percent in the United Kingdom. In July, President Biden said social media companies were partially responsible for spreading misinformation about the vaccines, and need to do more to address the issue.
The change marks a shift for the social media giant, which streams more than 1 billion hours’ worth of content every day. Like its peers Facebook and Twitter, the company has long resisted policing content too heavily, arguing maintaining an open platform is critical to free speech. But as the companies increasingly come under fire from regulators, lawmakers and regular users for contributing to social ills — including vaccine skepticism — YouTube is again changing policies that it has held onto for months.
Dr. Mercola responded to the move:
The world is becoming increasingly aware of the rampant corruption in the media, and are rising up against tyrannical government and the pharmaceutical industry that are coordinating this assault on our freedom and civil rights. Anyone who asks question or challenges the hard sell is immediately censored on social media. State government and employees, health care workers and emergency responders, face loss of their jobs for refusing the vaccine.
The United States federal government was directly funding the dangerous gain of function virus research that lead to this global pandemic, and the media helped bury any evidence of the lab leak.
Independent media platforms that defend freedom of speech and the rights of Americans to speak out against the global tyranny will defeat the censorship extremists. Dissenting Americans, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, fill the ranks of every socioeconomic class, every political party and every faith-based community. They understand the meaning of the warning that, “The only thing necessary for triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” and they are not going to stand by and do nothing.
We are united across the world, we will not live in fear, we will stand together and restore our freedoms.
In response to YouTube banning the Mercola channel: pic.twitter.com/Nix3C4x9yD
— Dr. Joseph Mercola (@mercola) September 29, 2021
We have long criticized Google and YouTube for their draconian policies and near-absolute control over the narratives that Americans are allowed to see. Pandemic Panic Theater has become the primary point of assault by these and other Big Tech tyrants in recent months. This latest move by YouTube has been expected; we and others have been moving our content off the site. Our own YouTube channels have been banned as well.
What makes this most infuriating is that we’re not talking about flat-earth theory or whether Paul McCartney died and was replaced by a doppelganger in the 1960s. Concern over the efficacy, necessity, and safety of the Covid-19 jabs is part of legitimate scientific and political discourse. For Google and YouTube to make this move, as expected as it was, is still shocking. To whom are they beholden?
If you think government is going to step in and stop this type of censorship as they’ve been promising for years, don’t hold your breath. The truth can only be disseminated by conscientious American who unite to take a stand.