Social media channels have come under fire of late for allowing posts from people who want to share misinformation or inspire others to be violent. There are a lot of problems with the way these companies are regulated now — as is evidenced by the fact that teenagers express suicidal thoughts after spending time on Instagram — but censoring ideas that are unpopular (at least in the “mainstream”) is not the answer. In fact, by pulling videos and posts that they don’t like, all they do is feed the notion there is a conspiracy afoot.
Recently, a friend of mine stopped speaking to me because of politics. The breaking point for her was my opposition to #ivermectin. She also thinks I am a shill for the establishment (read: Biden Administration) and a mindless follower of “corporate media.”
There are two schools of thought vis-a-vis the anti-parasitic drug. On one side sits the CDC, FDA, NIH, and WHO and the people who trust those organizations and do not think ivermectin works against Covid. On the other are people who believe ivermectin is a wonder drug — it’s cheap and because big pharma cannot make money from it, they are opposed to it. This has led them to pressure the CDC, FDA, NIH, and WHO to deny evidence about the drug’s efficacy in fighting covid and to censor the people who support it. Supporters accuse the opponents of “cherry-picking” evidence and giving into group-think that makes them blind to the facts. More and more people who are normally on the left side of the political spectrum are citing right-wing sources such as Breitbart, FOX News, and Project Veritas.
I should note that I have been calling the pharmaceutical industry evil for a long time. In the U.S., they benefit from tax breaks, grants, the use of government facilities and data and then get to charge whatever they want to American consumers. It is problematic that the FDA receives so much money from the industry it regulates and that President Bident has yet to appoint a director.
It is also worth noting that social media companies are private entities. The First Amendment applies to governmental control. If you want to see real censorship, talk to the woman in Rwanda, Yvonne Idamange Iryamugwiza, who was just sentenced to 15 years in prison for posting YouTube videos critical…