We discussed how writers, editors, commentators, and scholars have responded to increasing calls for censorship and language control, including President-elect Joe Biden and his key advisors. The erosion of free speech has been radically accelerated by the big tech and social media companies, including YouTube. Now YouTube has the actual testimony of the U.S. Senate from Dr. Censored Pierre Kory who testified about various drug treatments. Now these companies will censor what the government has been told and decide what viewers can take into account from the public debate. It is a continuation of the movement to prevent people from hearing opposing views and to control what is shared or discussed in a growing attack on freedom of expression.
YouTube removed two videos from a December 8 hearing before the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. It was introduced to Kory who was discussing the use of ivermectin as a possible treatment for Covid-19, especially in the early stages. It is a drug that treats tropical diseases caused by parasites. Kory requested a review of the studies for the drug by the National Institutes of Health. Ultimately, it appears that the NIH changed the status of the drug.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has said the videos on his account have been blocked, including Kory’s testimony. The federalist claimed YouTube removed the videos from the platform’s COVID-19 medical misinformation policy. This policy stipulates that anything in violation of the medical information provided by local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO) on COVID-19 will be removed.
I can hardly shed some light on the merits of the medical debate, but this is the censorship of an actual Senate hearing that is so worrying. YouTube prevents citizens from seeing testimony on an issue of national concern. It is an example of the slippery tendency of censorship and how such language regulation becomes an insatiable appetite for many.