Google scrubs a video of Florida Gov. DeSantis’s policy roundtable with physicians and scientists

WALL STREET JOURNAL
YouTube’s Assault on Covid Accountability
Editorial Board
April 8, 2021

To hold elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­spon­si­ble for de­ci­sions they make, Amer­i­cans need to know what those of­fi­cials and their ad­vis­ers are say­ing. That’s an es­sen­tial de­mo­c­ra­tic prin­ci­ple, and it’s as true for coro­n­avirus re­sponse as any other pol­icy chal­lenge. So it’s chill­ing that Google’s You­Tube, through its “med­ical mis­in­for­ma-tion pol­icy,” ap­pears to be sys­tem­at­i­cally un­der­min­ing the abil­ity to ac­cess ma­te­r­ial in the pub­lic in­ter­est. Last Sep­tember, You­Tube scrubbed a Hoover In­sti­tu­tion in­ter­view with Scott At­las, then one of Pres­i­dent Trump’s coro­n­avirus ad­vis­ers. In Jan­uary it cen­sored a U.S. Sen­ate com­mit­tee hear­ing on un­ap­proved coro­n­avirus treat­ments. Now it has taken down a video of Flor­ida Gov. Ron De­San­tis hold­ing a pol­icy dis­cus­sion with Dr. At­las and the three cre­ators of the Great Bar­ring­ton Decla­ration, a group of physi­cians and sci­en­tists crit­i­cal of strict lock­downs to fight the coro­n­avirus. READ MORE

COMMON SENSE What Should Be Done to Curb Big Tech? – Common Sense with Bari Weiss I don’t think there is a group left in America who is happy about the power that companies like Facebook and Twitter and Google have arrogated to themselves. According to a recent poll from Vox and Data for Progress, 59% of Democrats and 70% of Republicans think Big Tech’s economic power is a problem. It’s hard to think of another issue with that kind of bipartisan consensus.

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