Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Youtube suspends accounts with no explanation to public and limited details to account holders for "medical misinformation" even in satire


Playground closed for COVID

Matt Christiansen relates how he got banned from YouTube for a week, with no explanation, and other than “medical misinformation”.  Christiansen believes that came from presenting a “joke” claiming to be a cure for COVID19.  The only problem is that Donald Trump had actually, at some risk to confusing the most gullible persons in the public, talked about a similar “cure”.  In any case, Christiansen talked about his video as a chemistry class lecture (maybe AP).

That is a problem, that when a channel disappears users have no way to know except from other social media sites, which sometimes ban them.

On vaccines, of course, the tech companies worry that even well-intended discussions of the “sci-fi”  theoretical risks of vaccines by amateurs could have the collective effect of fewer people getting vaccinated and of prolonging or even re-birthing the pandemic (with variants).  Public health is one area where it is hard to get away from common good.

But, seriously, health young adults who, perhaps, had the virus once with no problems, might wonder if they are being asked to take an even theoretical risk for others.  This is a microcosm of the problem we’ve had in the past with military conscription. (Remember, reinfection by variants is possible and vaccines so far seem to help prevent that.)

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