YouTube is on the verge of removing a video interview from two California doctors who did not claim that coronavirus shutdowns went too far, after the streaming video platform said it does not allow content that doesn & # 39; # 39; the effectiveness of counseling for local health management & # 39; contest. & # 39;
The nearly hour-long video, which was taken Monday, features Drs. Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, who run a private emergency care clinic in Bakersfield, California.
Although doctors relied in part on incorrect statistical analysis to make their arguments, their contention that house-to-house orders did more harm than good attracted a massive audience, garnering more than 5 million times before the video was circulated by YouTube.
They claim that coronavirus mortality is poor in their analysis, and that the economic destruction of lockdowns outweighs the health risks & # 39; s of recurrence.
The doctors also share anecdotes that they say come from colleagues in hospitals, claiming that there is pressure to add COVID-19 as a cause of death unrelated deaths to artificially raise the death toll.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, an increasingly outspoken critic of lockdowns, shared the video on Twitter before it was taken down, adding the comment, & # 39; Docs make good points. & # 39;
Drs. Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, who run a private emergency care clinic in Bakersfield, California, held an almost hour-long press conference on April 22
Tesla CEO Elon Musk touted the video before YouTube removed it from the platform
The removal of YouTube's video attracted vocal protests and censorship allegations.
& # 39; This. Is. Censorship. On what is arguably the most important media platform in the & # 39; United States, & # 39; tweeted Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter who has emerged as one of the & # 39; strongest skeptics of & # 39; e lockdowns.
In a blowing opening monologue on Tuesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson also argued against the & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; measures by major tech companies to control what they call bad information during the pandemic.
& # 39; If all this is, we will probably come back to this moment, which YouTube did just that, as a turning point in & # 39; & # 39; the way we live in this country, a sharp break with 250 years of law and custom, & # 39; Carlson said.
& # 39; The video of & # 39; e doctor was produced by a local television channel. It was, in fact, a mainstream news story, & # 39; Carlson went on. & # 39; The only justification for the decrease was that the doctors on screen had reached different conclusions than the people who are currently not. & # 39;
Last week, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told CNN that & # 39; everything goes against the & # 39; Going to the World Health Organization would be a violation of our policy. & # 39;
& # 39; Think about that for a moment, & # 39; Carlson replied. & # 39; What a science is, it's ridiculous. Like everyone else involved in global pandemic policies, the WHO has been wrong in its recommendations. In January, WHO told us that coronavirus cannot spread from person to person. In March, they told us that face masks were not working. Those are lies and they were welcome on Google & # 39; s platforms. & # 39;
Former CNN producer Steve Krakauer said in his fourth Watch media newsletter that this was an & # 39; egregious censorship attempt by & # 39; YouTube's side was that all relevant journalists should make.
He added: & # 39; YouTube can take this video, of course. But should they? Absolutely not.
& # 39; These doctors did not ask people to cough at other citizens. They didn't even ask if injecting disinfectant might be a good idea.
& # 39; They used data to suggest that a Sweden model of lighted lockdown might be effective. That's no harm for the public to see. & # 39;
Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter who didn & # 39; t emerge as one of & # 39; the strongest skeptics of & # 39; lockdowns, strongly criticized YouTube for removing & # 39; a video
In a blowing opening monologue on Tuesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson also argued against the & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; measures that tech companies take to remove information
It comes as the debate about re-intensifying, with many states not moving to hide restrictions
In a statement to DailyMail.com, a YouTube spokeswoman said: & # 39; We will quickly remove flag content that does not violate our Community Guidelines, including content that does not explicitly combat & # 39; e effectiveness of local health authority recommended social distance guidance that others can lead against that guidance. & # 39;
& # 39; Content that does not provide enough educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic (EDSA) context is allowed – for example, news coverage of this additional context interview, & # 39; the statement went on.
& # 39; Since the beginning of & # 39; e pandemic we clearly had policy against traffic information of COVID-19 and we are committed to providing timely and useful information at this critical time, & # 39; added the company.
YouTube points out that news coverage of & # 39; press conference of & # 39; e doctors, who add comments and analysis, are still allowed on the platform.
The doctors in the video, Erickson and Massihi, co-owners of Accelerated Urgent Care, which offers Bakersfield's only private walk COVID-19 test site.
In the video, which is a recording of a press conference held by the duo on April 22, doctors said that 12 percent of & # 39; California's coronavirus testing so far has had a positive result.
They used that figure to extrapolate an estimate that millions in the state have already commissioned the virus, thus speculating that its mortality rate is much lower than that believed.
Doctors speculate that coronavirus has a case fatality rate of 0.03 percent, or roughly one-third of & # 39; mortality of & # 39; a common flu.
Experts point out that the coronavirus that doctors refer to was not random, and was mainly administered to people who had symptoms or believed they were exposed. Randomized antibody testing in New York suggests a death rate of 0.5 to 0.8 percent, or five to eight times higher than the flu.
The doctors in & # 39; video (above) & # 39; uses methods that are ridiculous to get results that are completely undesirable, said one expert of infections
Dr. Carl Bergstrom, a biologist from the University of Washington who specializes in modeling infectious diseases, compared their extrapolations with & # 39; estimate of & # 39; average height of Americans of & # 39; e players on an NBA court. & # 39;
& # 39; They have used methods that are ridiculous to get results that are completely undesirable, & # 39; said Bergstrom.
In a rare statement, late Monday, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine stated that they & # 39; re the background opinions released by Dr. Daniel Erickson and Dr. Artin Messihi & # 39; with deliberate darkening. & # 39;
& # 39; These reckless and pristine musings do not speak to medical societies and are at odds with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19, & # 39; the group continued.
& # 39; As owners of local emergency care clinics, it appears that these two individuals release partial, non-peer reviewed data to advance their personal financial interests without taking into account public health. & # 39;
The two doctors underscore their support for President Donald Trump, leading some to accuse him of political motivation in their remarks.
Critics of & # 39; doctors also suggest that visits with non-coronavirus to urgent care clinics, such as those who own them, go down sharply in & # 39; e shutdowns, suggesting that they may have a financial motive for demanding that the restrictions end.
While criticism of YouTube for removing controversial video's mostly comes from political conservatives, the left has hammered the company for not removing videos fast enough.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, jumped YouTube on Tuesday over videos that promote a conspiracy theory that accuses a US Army Reserve in Virginia of being a source of " # 39; e outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The Warner office on Monday revealed on YouTube why the company hadn't taken all the videos that were aimed at the woman, CNN reported.
& # 39; It's clear that the low level of immunity for sites like YouTube has resulted in platforms that are & # 39; t too large and do not respond to & # 39; e harm that they promote, & # 39; Warner said, saying Congress should act.
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