DeSantis attacks YouTube for yanking his pandemic video


Monday’s attack is part of a bigger war DeSantis and other Republicans are waging against social media giants, including Facebook and Twitter, contending they discriminate against conservatives.

DeSantis stated that Google/YouTube had not been during this pandemic of scientific inquiry repositories, but instead they have acted as enforcers, a big tech council, of censors in the service of the ruling class,” he said at a Tallahassee press conference along with Atlas and other doctors who were part of his previous panel.

Monday’s statement by YouTube stated that the company has made clear statements about COVID-19 misinformation. “We deleted this video because it contained material that did not conform to the consensus reached by local and international health authorities about the efficacy or masks to stop COVID-19 spreading.

DeSantis asks the Florida Legislature to approve a bill that would make it more difficult for companies to terminate users who are in violation of their rules. Critics argue that the proposal would not have any impact because the companies would have to cross state borders. They would also be subject to First Amendment challenges.

Atlas compared YouTube’s decision of removing the video in the Soviet Union to China, where communist governments barred opinions the rulers disagreed.

Atlas stated that there is nothing more dangerous than being in control of what is said in a country, because you never will hear the truth.

YouTube and its supporters claim YouTube is a private enterprise and not a government agency. YouTube has no obligation to host information that violates its rules and standards. Monday, the company claimed that it does no discriminate.

It stated that “Our policies are applicable to all and they focus on content regardless the speaker.”

Nikki Fried – a potential challenger next spring and Democrat – quickly criticized Governor Scott’s statements. In a statement, she described his comments as “unhinged and dangerous rhetoric”.

“Over the course, of a single year, 2,000,000 Floridians have fallen ill, 34,000 have died, 1 million have lost their jobs, this Governor has blamed everyone, including the media and Hispanic farmworkers. While taking no responsibility for hiding data or silencing critics and lying Floridians,” she stated.

Fried and other Democrats have long criticized DeSantis’ handling of the pandemic. They said he allowed the state too open to too fast. Spring break was one example. Tens-of-thousands of college students, from all across the United States and the globe, crowded into Miami Beach without masks or social distancing. To reduce crowds, the city instituted a curfew.

DeSantis asserts that Florida has done better medically than states with more restrictive laws.

Florida is currently in the middle of the states with the highest COVID-19 death per capita. This rate has increased to 159 per 100,000 people since the pandemic began 13-months ago. New York City and New Jersey have rates that are much higher than those in New York. They were also harder hit early in the pandemic, before restrictions could be implemented and before medical treatment was available.

California, which DeSantis loves to cite as a lockdown failing, has an slightly lower death rate at 153 per 100,000.

Florida’s per-capita daily death rate has been lower in the last week than any other three states.

DeSantis, Monday, also highlighted the state’s vaccination efforts. According to Florida health officials approximately 40% of adults and 7.2 million residents have received at minimum one dose. About 4.4 million have been fully vaccinated. That is 25% of adult population.

Black Floridians are still grossly underrepresented. 17% of Floridians were Black. However, only 6.5% of those who received at least one shot have identified themselves to be Black. As 1 in 7 people have refused to identify their race, this number is not surprising.


Associated Press reporter Bobby Caina Calvan in Tallahassee contributed to this report.

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