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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is drawing a line in the sand when it comes to Big Tech censorship, declaring that YouTube “must answer” for pulling a video from two California doctors who say its time to reopen the U.S. economy.
In an appearance Wednesday on “Fox & Friends,” the Republican politician dismissed an explanation from the Google-owned company as little more than a “word salad.”
“These guys are medical doctors. They are scientists,” Huckabee said, in reference to physicians Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi. “For heaven’s sake, they didn’t say anything that was really disputable. They were giving facts [and] figures.”
As for the viral video being removed, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said last week in an interview on CNN “anything that would go against the World Health Organization [WHO] recommendations would be a violation of our policy.”
Huckabee explained that he got to see the video before it was pulled, before saying “something is wrong” with the tech giants.
“They were invoking some opinion in terms of giving [an] analysis of the facts they presented,” he said. “I thought the most salient point they made in the course of the video — which I did see before it got pulled — was that historically when you have a pandemic, you quarantine the sick people, not the healthy people. And that was sort of like, you know, the light bulb went off.
“I think YouTube has to answer for the selective content and the way that they have censored anything that just doesn’t fit their own agenda,” he continued. “Something is wrong with that — with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google.”
“Fox & Friends” played a clip of Dr. Erickson responding to YouTube.
“We had tested about 5,213 at the time of that video and we had about 340 positive which is 6.5 percent. So, I was giving them raw data,” Erickson said of the video. “It was not a biostatistical analysis. It was not peer-reviewed. And, we didn’t say that it was. It was merely raw data.”
“I think YouTube would realize once we get the economy going and we get people safely back to work it would be better for them,” he continued. “And so, really the herd immunity is really the main thing. How do we get herd immunity, that 50-70% mark, where the disease is controlled and we can get back to work?”
As for the aforementioned word salad, YouTube released a statement that cited the pandemic while making it clear that they’ll determine what is “misinformation” and what is not:
“We quickly remove flagged content that violate our Community Guidelines, including content that explicitly disputes the efficacy of local healthy authority recommended guidance on social distancing that may lead others to act against that guidance. However, content that provides sufficient educational, documentary, scientific or artistic (EDSA) context is allowed — for example, news coverage of this interview with additional context. From the very beginning of the pandemic, we’ve had clear policies against COVID-19 misinformation and are committed to continue providing timely and helpful information at this critical time.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson sounded the alarm on Big Tech censorship this week after YouTube removed the video.
The doctors have a combined 40 years of experience treating viruses and respiratory infections, and they urged the US to reopen its economy, calling the shutdown overly restrictive and insisting that it’s not backed by science.
Carlson ripped the censorship, saying YouTube’s ban of any video that contradicts the World Health Organization is a blatant violation of free speech.
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