According to former White House adviser Dr. Scott Atlas, Twitter’s COVID-19 censorship led to the loss of life by preventing people from making the appropriate use of caution.
There are frequently “vague implications” on the results of that restriction when talking about censorship. But Dr. Scott Atlas adamantly asserted in an interview that aired on Newsmakers by NTD and The Epoch Times on December 28 that by restricting medical science and health policy, “you are killing people.”
“Censorship of the correct science and medical information, during this pandemic, absolutely killed people. It prevented people from making intelligent decisions. It prevented people from making the appropriate use of caution,” Atlas alleged of Twitter censoring doctors such as himself.
Furthermore, considering that the United States was based on freedom, Atlas claimed that Twitter’s censorship was especially “harmful” and “shocking.”
“This kind of censorship was, in my view, unheard of in the United States,” Atlas stated. “It’s reminiscent of everything that we, as a free society and democracy, abhor about countries that are authoritarian, like China, the former USSR and now Russia, North Korea.
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“This is the kind of censorship that occurs in those countries. And now it’s occurring in our country.”
Atlas claims that government-ordered censorship is much more widespread than previously thought and is not only restricted to social media.
At the height of the epidemic, according to Atlas, there was only one plausible COVID-19 story, and that was the one advanced by individuals in positions of power, notably Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx.
As a result, the aforementioned authorities engaged the aid of the media to quell criticism when other representatives of the health authority, like Atlas, presented opposing evidence.
“Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx, etc., went to their friends in the media and undermined people like me. Who, in fact, were saying what was correct, what has been validated as being correct this entire time.
“But the reality is, yes, the censorship of science kills people. And it killed people during this pandemic. There’s no doubt about that,” Atlas stated.
Calls for Accountability
The most recent Rasmussen Reports show that 63 percent of “Likely U.S. Voters” want Congress to look into the FBI’s interactions with Twitter and other social media platforms.
Atlas regrettably expressed his scepticism of any probe “led by government officials.” Furthermore, he does not believe that a congressional probe will reveal all aspects of the government and Big Tech’s cooperation.
“Government investigations are usually political in nature. And even if they aren’t political, they will be perceived as having been political. And once something is perceived as political, you’ve lost a significant percentage of the public in terms of credibility,” Atlas explained.
Atlas still feels investigations are important to reveal the truth about the government’s use of social media, even though he doesn’t think a Congressional investigation would be enough.
Additionally, according to Atlas, censorship and collaboration would go unchecked in the absence of an investigation.
“It’s necessary to do the investigations because we need the public to know the truth, and investigations are one way to do that,” Atlas said.
Internal emails disclosed by journalist David Zweig in the most recent round of the Twitter Files, which were made public on December 26, appear to demonstrate that Twitter frequently censored medical experts.
One post by Dr. Martin Kulldorff was deemed deceptive by Twitter because it contained the following statement: “Thinking that everyone must be vaccinated is as scientifically flawed as thinking that nobody should. COVID vaccines are important for older high-risk people, and their care-takers. Those with prior natural infection do not need it. Nor children.”
Kulldorff is a well-known epidemiologist and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.
The Twitter Files reveal that when notable doctors and other healthcare providers disregarded the CDC’s recommendations, Twitter took comparable action against them.
According to the FBI’s statement to Fox News in response to the claims of collusion between the agency and Twitter, “The correspondence between the FBI and Twitter show nothing more than examples of our traditional, longstanding, and ongoing federal government and private sector engagements, which involve numerous companies over multiple sectors and industries.
“As evidenced in the correspondence, the FBI provides critical information to the private sector in an effort to allow them to protect themselves and their customers.”
“It is not based on the content of any particular message or narrative. Private sector entities independently make decisions about what, if any, action they take on their platforms and for their customers after the FBI has notified them.”