Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Social media, even hosting sites now take action about coronavirus misinformation (especially about masks, and questionable treatments)


A video made by a group called “America’s Frontline Doctors” was taken down by YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for providing harmful misinformation about coronavirus, especially claims about hydroxychloroquine.

WJLA7 and BBC have typical stories.   But there are still some videos with the group on YouTube as I just checked.

Furthermore, the group’s web hosting company Squarespace replaced the site landing page with one that says “website expired”, an idea from one of my screenplays.

It’s unusual for webhosts to take down a site, but the practice became more common after Charlottesville.

"Misinformation" about masks could be a sensitive matter (Donald J. Trump Jr. got suspended for twelve hours from Twitter, CNN), as it would still come across as a politicized “debate” rather than an order with which we need real compliance.  But other sensitive matters could come up, like if it is determined later that masks need to be of a certain quality or specificity.

A Yale Professor Harvey A Risch is critical of the testing protocols used to discredit hydroxychloroquine, as in this op-ed  in Newsweek.  Peak Prosperity believes that it may be effective with zinc (as well as azythromycin) and I have personally heard of cases where patients have recovered quickly – but they were otherwise healthy and this may not prove much.
Personally, if you are a patient and are well enough to research at home, I urge you to bone up on it and ask your doctor about various treatments.

 ZDoggMD has a balanced perspective on the AFD video and says it should not be censored. 


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