We reported on Saturday how Youtube had removed a video from a medical team at Cedars Sinai and Aytu Bioscience showing a UV light treatment.
Turns out the video had been flagged by New York Times reporter Davey Alba to Youtube. She flagged the video to Youtube because people were sharing it showed scientists were actually developing the idea that President Donald Trump had mused about during a briefing.
I contacted YouTube about this video, which is being shared on tons of replies on Twitter & on Facebook, by people asserting that it backs up Trump's idea throwing it out there that UV rays kill coronavirus.
YouTube just said it removed it for violating its community guidelines. pic.twitter.com/gbs5Igq0yy
— Davey Alba (@daveyalba) April 24, 2020
Can’t have that, must censor, even if it means disrupting the effort of an actual medical team working to fight the virus with an interesting idea. They weren’t endangering anyone with the video, the video explained the science and no one was going to be able to duplicate it.
Many are now talking about UV light being used as a treatment for COVID-19. We are proud to have teamed up with @MarkPimentelMD and his team at @CedarsSinai. They developed Healight. Peer-reviewed data will be published in days, but here's how it works: https://t.co/9E6dyOkwhI
— Aytu_BioScience (@BioscienceAytu) April 24, 2020
Creative ideas now only allowed on Youtube, if they and the New York Times approve.
It gets worse.
Not only are they acceding to requests like Alba’s, they are pulling anything that “goes against WHO recommendations,” according to Youtube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki. This may be one of the few times you’ll ever see me cite Tariq Nasheed.
#YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says anything that goes against the W.H.O. is a violation of YouTube policies. All content that isn't "medically substantiated," such as advising people take Vitamin C, will be removed by the platform.
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) April 21, 2020
He’s right. Now, it’s their platform and they certainly may put on what they choose. But when they are political and uneven in their application, we can also call them out on it.
Especially when they’re saying that the WHO is somehow the definer of what is “proper,” the guys who helped propagate China’s lies and have been wrong right down the line with their recommendations.
The WHO claimed on Jan. 14 that there was no evidence yet that the Wuhan coronavirus was communicable between humans; this despite Taiwan indicating otherwise. They also said at the end of January there was no reason to cut travel with China. This advisory may have allowed thousands to travel around the world and spread it all over.
What it comes down to is a social media platform is supposed to be neutral. But this is political and picking winners and losers, deciding what they choose to promote and not promote.