The leaders at Twitter have decided to suspend the account of Donald Trump Jr. The suspension comes after the President’s son reposted a video of doctors being a press briefing questioning the virus narrative. Don Jr. posted the video and said “This is a must watch!!! So different from the narrative that everyone is running with.” The post was a video of doctors countering the virus narrative that has also been widely censored.
A group of doctors stood in Washington DC and recorded a video countering the coronavirus narrative. The video received instant attention and garnered many millions of views overnight. Overnight on Facebook it rose up to the #2 most engaged post site wide. The video was live-streamed with 185,000 viewers. It had over 17 million views before it was removed from Facebook. It’s also been highly targeted for censorship and been deleted from Twitter, YouTube, and Google.
Facebook’s Communication Director, Andy Stone, openly admitted to deleting the video. He says “we removed it for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.” However Andy Stone does not appear to have any medical credentials and he does not indicate what contrary information he has that proves the video is false information. In this case social media ‘experts’ outweigh the medical advice of actual doctors.
This marks a new era of censorship from the silicon valley giants. In 2018, representatives from twitter, google, and youtube all answered questions at a congressional hearing. During that hearing they told the Congress that there is no political bias in their censorship. Just this week, a congressman from Florida referred the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, for criminal charges following revelations that show he lied to Congress.
The criminal referral is going to send shivers down the spines of silicon valley CEOs. Suddenly they will be considering their own legal exposure for what’s been taking place on their platforms. As public scrutiny grows over the obvious political bias on social media platforms, the companies leading the charge are going to have to answer for it. That first came in the form of a congressional hearing.
The lying about political bias in censorship is hardly a surprise. Conservatives, Republicans, and Christians have long warned about the targeted attacks they receive online. The selective censorship combined with the power of the social media companies puts much at risk. Freedom of expression is a critical keystone of the country is all about.
The hydroxychloroquine topic has been particularly contentious. The drug seems to hit a sore spot for the mainstream media, nightly news, and big pharmaceutical lobbying complex. The therapeutic drug is apparently highly effective against this coronavirus and many other viruses. More importantly, it’s off-patent and available as a low-cost generic. This prevents the pharmaceutical industry from making a profit. We’ve seen major media outlets push unreleased drugs and unfinished vaccines as safer alternatives, despite more than 60 years of FDA approved use and a huge dataset to match.