For many, the information being shared in this document is new. This is, in part, because the media and more alarmingly, social-media has enacted an open policy of censorship. For example, Facebook and YouTube have an explicit policy that prohibits posting information that contradicts the World Health Organisation.[1] [2] [3] [4] Between April and June of 2020, Facebook has removed over 7 million posts that contravene this policy.[5] Examples of credible posts that were deliberately removed include, a pair of medical doctors from California who were reporting being coerced into falsifying death certificates[6] and a video produced by a group of doctors talking about the ineffectiveness of masks and the suppression of effective treatments for covid patients[7]. Facebook also created a Fact Checking program, that alerts users if they have visited “debunked content”[8] Interestingly, two noted Oxford academics were labeled as passing on “false information” even though one is director of the university’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine![9].  Over at Amazon.com, books which are critical of government response to Covid-19 were removed (some were later reinstated, under pressure).[10] [11] Perhaps even more disturbing is that governments, have joined the chorus and are also now encouraging more censorship[12] [13] [14]

[1]“Anything that goes against WHO recommendations would be a violation of our policy”
https://www.businessinsider.com/youtube-will-ban-anything-against-who-guidance-2020-4
[2]“Facebook is hiding these posts. At the time of viral pandemic this shouldn’t be happening.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2020/03/17/facebook-deleting-coronavirus-posts-leading-to-charges-of-censorship/?sh=12f4f6f55962
[3]“Facebook is increasingly dictating what its users should see and think”
https://telecoms.com/503783/facebook-doubles-down-on-covid-19-censorship/
[4]“[facebook] will remove “false claims and conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations.”
 https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/04/coronavirus-facebook-offers-free-ads-to-who-will-remove-flase-claims.html
[5]Facebook says it has taken down 7 million posts for spreading coronavirus misinformation”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/08/11/facebook-covid-misinformation-takedowns/
[6]YouTube for banning Californian doctors’ video that claimed physicians are being pressurized into putting Coronavirus on death certificates”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8269475/YouTube-accused-censorship-removing-videos-criticize-shutdowns.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPrbGU0Wyh4&ab_channel=FoxNews
[7]“was removed by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube after going viral online Monday”
 https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/28/tech/facebook-youtube-coronavirus/index.html
[8]“Facebook will start telling people when they’ve interacted with posts about bogus cures”
 https://www.npr.org/2020/04/16/835579533/did-you-fall-for-a-coronavirus-hoax-facebook-will-let-you-know
[9]“Two top Oxford academics accuse Facebook of censorship for branding their article”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8973631/Two-Oxford-academics-accuse-Facebook-censorship-article-warning.html
[10]Amazon yanks Covid-19 skeptic’s book for ominously vague ’content violations’”
https://www.rt.com/usa/503778-perloff-amazon-censorship-coronavirus/
[11]“Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson found that a book he’d written was temporarily banned from Amazon”
https://mynorthwest.com/1942286/alex-berenson-amazon-covid/
[12]UK MP Khalid Mahmood calls for censorship of “misinformation” about coronavirus and politicians”
https://reclaimthenet.org/khalid-mahmood-censorship/
[13]“criminal penalties for social media firms that do not remove false scare stories about vaccines”
 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-54947661
[14]“[AG threatened] criminal prosecution if it did not take down a video of alleged voting fraud”
https://jonathanturley.org/2020/11/12/big-league-censorship-michigan-attorney-general-threatens-criminal-prosecution-over-posting-of-video-alleging-voter-fraud/

David Heller 9.12.2020 The Emperor's New Clothes