YouTube continues to block the channels of prominent anti-vaccine activists as part of an effort to revamp their policies so that any video that claims that these approved vaccines are “ineffective or dangerous” will no longer be allowed. Did the COVID-19 vaccine cause you to have nasty blood clots? Well, that’s too bad. Don’t put it on YouTube!
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the YouTube channels of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Joseph Mercola were included in the first batch of the shakedown.
“As part of a new set of policies aimed at cutting down on anti-vaccine content on the Google-owned site, YouTube will ban any videos that claim that commonly used vaccines approved by health authorities are ineffective or dangerous,” the Post reported.
“The company previously blocked videos that made those claims about coronavirus vaccines, but not ones for other vaccines like those for measles or chickenpox,” it added.
Part of the reason why YouTube and other social media platforms have such a draconian policy regarding this is because they are banning channels for spreading “misinformation” related to COVID-19 during the early months of this pandemic. This YouTube ban has now been extending to other vaccines in their effort to remove what they call “vaccine hesitancy.”
According to Axios, YouTube Vice President of Global Trust and Safety Matt Halprin said that the video platform was going to allow personal testimonies such as parents describing the experiences of their children, but there would still be restrictions.
“If the speaker then goes on to generalize and make calls for all parents not to vaccinate or makes broad claims about vaccines not being safe or effective, that would be removed,” Halprin told Axios.
“In the weeks and months that followed the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine misinformation policy, we observed content and realized that there appeared to be an interaction between general vaccine hesitancy that was being promoted on the platform, and COVID-19 vaccine misinformation,” Halprin said. “We felt like we need to address both.”
YouTube, Facebook and Twitter had all banned certain videos that criticized the coronavirus vaccines in 2020 and the music video network pulled as many as 130,000 videos because of what it considered misinformation, as noted by the Post.
This Wednesday is coming at an inopportune time for vaccine-pushers everywhere. There is tremendous controversy enveloping the nation with even the National Basketball Association debating whether they should impose a vaccine mandate.
League officials reportedly are stubbornly hoping that every member of the league will go ahead and comply with the COVID mandate. However, there is a growing coalition of NBA stars who are seriously opposing such a mandate.
Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors, Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, and Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets are some of the most notable examples.
The Rolling Stone noted that there were many more players who voiced their opposition at the NBA Players Union meeting. The list of items to be discussed was a “proposed mandate from the league office that 100 percent of players get vaccinated against COVID-19.”
However, for numerous players, this was nothing more than a “non-starter.”
And what of the Massachusetts State Police? Apparently, dozens of them submitted their resignations to protest the vaccine mandate being administered by Republican Governor Charlie Baker.
State Police Association of Massachusetts President Matt Cherven expressed his disappointment that a judge turned their request for a delay on the vaccine mandate to allow for reasonable accommodations for all Massachusetts State Police members.
“To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask-wearing and regular testing,” Cherven said.
“The State Police are already critically short-staffed and acknowledged this by the unprecedented moves which took troopers from specialty units that investigate homicides, terrorism, computer crimes, arsons, gangs, narcotics, and human trafficking, and returned them to uniformed patrol,” he wrote.
Oh brother. Isn’t it time for some common sense here?