YouTube was once a place for the expansion of your mind. You could log in, perform a quick and easy search, and learn use about anything that you wanted from a variety of experts.
Need to figure out how to change a fuze in your car? Want to teach your dog a new trick? Maybe you’re hoping to master a certain guitar lick? All of these things are possible through YouTube.
But, when it comes to politics, the massive online video platform would rather you listen to what they want you to hear.
YouTube has taken down a video of two doctors from Bakersfield, California, who held a press conference calling for the reopening of the country. According to the Google-owned video platform, the doctors “violated community guidelines.”
The doctors, Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, operate out of an urgent care clinic in Bakersfield. Citing fatality statistics in California, the doctors argued that the Chinese virus has proven less deadly than anticipated.
The two medical professionals seem to hold an opinion that runs contrary to the view of many of their California colleagues.
“We have 39.5 million people, if we just take a basic calculation and extrapolate that out, that equates to about 4.7 million cases throughout the state of California,” said Dr. Erickson. “Which means this thing is widespread, that’s the good news. We’ve seen 1,227 deaths in the state of California with a possible incidents or prevalence of 4.7 million. That means you have a 0.03 chance of dying from COVID-19 in the state of California.”
The doctors made their case in a 50-minute press conference, which was uploaded to YouTube. The Google-owned video platform has since taken the video down, replacing it with a message stating that the content violated its community guidelines.
23ABC News Bakersfield, the news station that uploaded the video, confirmed that the first part of the press conference is no longer available on YouTube. The news station said it has submitted an appeal to YouTube but has yet to hear back.
This slippery slope could soon have YouTube censoring videos about home gardening simply because they receive ad revenue from companies who produce frozen veggies.
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