Twitter Censors White House COVID Expert, Scott Atlas
Appointed by the popularly elected President of the US to serve him
Social media company Twitter finished its week of apparently politically motivated censorship on its platform by banning tweets regarding the efficacy of masks from Scott Atlas, a member of the White House scientific team battling the coronavirus.
Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institute, not only had his tweets removed, he was banned from tweeting until he deleted the tweets that Twitter for unclear reasons objects to. Here are the tweets in question:
In an email to The Federalist, Atlas outlined the evidence behind his tweet.
In the deleted tweet, I cited the following evidence against general population masks:
1) Cases exploded even with mandates: Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, Hawaii, Alabama, the Philippines, Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Israel.
2) Dr. Carl Heneghan, University of Oxford, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and editor in chief of British Medical Journal Evidence-Based Medicine: ‘It would appear that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks.’
3) The WHO: ‘The widespread use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not yet supported by high quality or direct scientific evidence and there are potential benefits and harms to consider’ (http://bitly.ws/afUm)
4) The CDC: ‘Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.’ (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article).
I also cited an article giving detailed explanation of the reasons why masks might not prevent spread: https://t.co/1hRFHsxe59
Notwithstanding this evidence regarding arguably the most important and contentious debate raging in American society — the constant mandate of masks — it appears some 20-something with his pronouns in his Twitter bio just pushed a button and erased scientifically accurate information. For some reason, which hopefully Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey can explain when he is dragged before the Senate, Atlas was silenced by the tech giant.
This comes the same week that Twitter blocked New York Post articles alleging improprieties involving presidential candidate Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma revealed by a laptop now held by the FBI. For good measure, Twitter also banned the New York Post’s official Twitter account from the platform.
Universal masking is a subject of scientific dispute, and just happens to be a contentious political argument in the midst of the 2020 presidential election. Under the dubious policy of stopping the spread of disinformation, Twitter has silenced an expert on the matter for what seems to be politically motivated purposes.
Twitter, which claims to be a neutral platform and enjoys legal protection as such, has once again proven that not only does it have an editorial agenda, it has a political one. You see, the information overlords at Twitter dot com will decide what information and what facts the masses like you and me are allowed to consume on their platform.
That would be fine if they were a publisher and treated as such legally, but for now they are not. Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act gives Twitter special protection to engage in censorship, but after this week of obviously politically motivated silencing, many in Congress are looking to stripping the company of that protection.
Twitter’s reasoning behind banning information that questions the efficacy of masks is as opaque as a smile behind one. Like much of the traditional media, it seems to believe that the American people are too stupid to confront and analyze actual information, and instead must be spoon-fed instructions like toddlers. You don’t have to know why you must cover your face everywhere you go, you just have to do it!
This is enough; it was well past enough already, frankly. Twitter is now censoring important and much-needed scientific information that the American people need to make informed decisions about their health. If Dorsey wants to be a mask busybody while he parties maskless with Beyonce and Jay Z on a yacht, so be it. The mask rules don’t apply to him. But the laws of the United States should and must.
Twitter is no neutral platform. This fact is as obvious as a punch in the mouth, which is exactly what Congress needs to give it. Free speech is as central to the American experiment as any concept is, and as foreign to Twitter as could be.
It would be a shame if screen captures of Atlas’s tweets somehow found their way onto Twitter, I know @Jack would be dismayed — if he’s not in Indonesia engaging in fasting and spiritual development.
Source: The Federalist
What’s this ‘popularly elected president” (referring to trump) deal???
Actually, trump got 3 million less votes than trump did….trump got in by being
placed in the presidency by the illicit Electoral College….(which should be done away with)…as for Atlas, he is not an epidemiologist nor an epidemiologist….he is
an x-ray (MRI) reader! He is a card carrying member of the very very conservative
Hoover Institute who pushed him into trump’s sites after a little ‘brushing up’ on
what the conservatives want out of the deal…. read upon Hoover – the worst president in history, aside, of course, from trump. Hoover mismanaged the Great Depression just like trump is mismanaging the current US depression. So the name Hoover actually means something here!!! And it ain’t a good thing….
Americans are fucking morons.
Well,,, most anyway. More like willfully ignorant. Like mushrooms they like to be kept in the dark and fed a lot of shit.
Still, not a word about proper nutrition for one’s immune system.
Oh, stop with this “immune system” conspiracy theory.
Nutrition has always been a conspiracy. Nothing theoretical about it, outside of the gross ignorance of mammalian biology. If you can’t live on just water, how could your immune system?
It was a joke.
Ever heard of emoticons?
When I was typing I thought of putting a smiley face at the bottom, but then I thought it would ruin the dryness of the humor. In the end, I figured..”nahh, they’ll get the joke. who could possibly think there’s someone out there that thinks the existence of an immune system is a conspiracy theory.” Lol.
You must not have been around Disqus long enough to have seen every completely ignorant and asinine premise be peddled as obvious fact.
I’ve been observing such since long before the Internet was a thought.
Dr. Fauci is at the top of a long list of doctors that hope that no one else will find out there is a human immune response, because it would destroy their ability to give us drugs that impair it under the guise of providing it.
Yeah, Fauci’s definitely getting an invite to the Nuremburg Trials 2.0
If we can’t kill his sorry ass first.
In the meantime, aren’t we all hoping for a successful covid19 vaccine to come along in the next 9 months or so?!
I certainly am!
“This fact is as obvious as a punch in the mouth, which is exactly what Congress needs to give it.”
Surely you jest! That body is the most treasonous of all. That IS the body that has enacted unconstitutional law after law. That is the body that has declared war on America.
Neither one of them would be able to get away with their crimes if Americans weren’t too ignorant to know the difference between a republic and a democracy.
You are correct,,, I mentioned that on another comment somewhere,,,,, Most Americans as well as the rest of the West, (possibly the world) have been dumbed down so much it is impossible for them to think rationally.
A republic protects minorities and natural rights from a mobocracy called democracy.
The fact that Americans are ignorant – certainly of the goals of hard right conservatism – is by design: the educational system in the US is almost non-existent and is continually being de-funded. It is the crime of the past – and current- century…