Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

YouTube censors U.S. Senate Hearing

Has Google gone too far yet? YouTube has taken down video from a U.S. Senate hearing that occurred on December 8, 2020 because it contained information about Ivermectin. How can any online platform remove any information that is a part of the official public record? This behavior should be illegal. Who are they to be the gatekeeper of information?

Here is the video that is still available at C-Span. I’ve also downloaded it and embedded it below.

Ivermectin is a drug that has been getting some traction for its use as a treatment for people with COVID-19 both as a cure and a preventive measure. I’ve blogged about it before here.

I learned about the YouTube takedown of the testimony in the Wall Street Journal today.

Before being removed from YouTube and other websites, Dr. Kory’s opening statement had been viewed by more than eight million people. Unfortunately, government health agencies don’t share that interest in early treatment. A year into the pandemic, NIH treatment guidelines for Covid patients are to go home, isolate yourself and do nothing other than monitor your illness.

Fortunately, some doctors have the courage to ignore these compassionless guidelines and are using their expertise to develop protocols utilizing a variety of cheap, available and safe FDA-approved drugs to treat patients early and avoid hospitalization. Instead of being rewarded, they are being censored, ostracized, vilified in the press, even fired. This closed-minded approach represents a dark chapter in the history of medicine and journalism.

The censors at YouTube have decided for all of us that the American public shouldn’t be able to hear what senators heard. Apparently they are smarter than medical doctors who have devoted their lives to science and use their skills to save lives. They have decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed, and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies. Government-sanctioned censorship of ideas and speech should frighten us all.

Wall Street Journal

Should it be legal for YouTube to remove Senate testimony? I don’t think so.