YouTube Removes Interview Exposing the TGA’s Regulatory Failures

6 October 2023

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The social media platform continues to maintain a fact-free zone on issues that matter.

Recently, YouTube removed my new interview with Topher Field and issued a strike to The Aussie Wire account, citing a breach of its medical misinformation policy.

YouTube

In the interview, I discuss my article, Australia’s drug regulator admits it doesn’t know extent of Covid vaccine harm, and mention the fact that the TGA never withdrew provisional approval for AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine, despite its official acknowledgment of 13 Australian deaths related to the product.

TGA

Obviously, all of this is factual. Most of the information discussed in the interview came directly from the TGA, or from a Senate hearing which is on the public record.

However, as previously discussed on this Substack, YouTube’s medical misinformation policy is not about ensuring the information on its platform is factual. It’s about maintaining the official line. As below,

“YouTube doesn’t allow content that poses a serious risk of egregious harm by spreading medical misinformation about currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective by local health authorities and by the the World Health Organization (WHO).”

Even if the product has killed 13 Australians.

YouTube

I noted in my article, Your Government is Always Right. Everything Else is Misinformation.,

“As journalist Michael Shellenberger has pointed out, if YouTube had existed over the past 200 years, then under such a policy they would have banned criticisms of bloodletting, thalidomide, lobotomies, and sterilising the mentally ill, all of which were recommended by official health authorities at one point in time.”

YouTube’s policy pushes factual information on issues that matter out to the fringes of social media, to the few remaining platforms that allow content from dissenting voices.

This breaches the principles of democratic discourse in two ways. First, it interferes with people’s right to hear a range of views. Second, it prevents dissenters from exercising their right to be heard (an important aspect of the broader and more frequently referenced right to speak).

We probably need to stop thinking of these platforms as ‘the public square’, and more as a collection of curated conferences where only select themes and voices are allowed air time.

Unfortunately, this is currently the status quo, and our government is hoping to exacerbate the problem further with its proposed misinformation bill.

For now, the workarounds are to share dissenting content ourselves with those willing to hear it, to open discussions (both online and off), and to build up audiences on alternative platforms in an effort to maintain viewpoint diversity in online spaces (that’s your cue to subscribe below!).

Watch and share my interview with Topher Field on The Aussie Wire

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Originally published at Dystopian Down Under.

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4 Comments

  1. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 6 October 2023 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Sarcasm— I never knew the TGA and WHO were Infallible ! Censorship — “Your Government is always right, everything else is Misinformation ” has already started under the Albanese / Dreyfus govt. I quote Solzhenitsyn ;– from the first Soviet edition of 1929–” Reforms are a sign of weakness” (vol.23, p.339 ) “Democracy is more to be feared than monarchy and aristocracy ( vol 2, p. 394 ). In their correspondence Marx and Engels frequently stated that terror would be indispensible after achieving power , that ” it will be necessary to repeat the year 1793″. —ie The Terror of the French Revolution which guillotined many thousands of ordinary, innocent people; abolished Freedom of Speech + Christianity ; changed the names of the months, etc—went on a grand spree of demolishing about 100 churches, monasteries and nunneries in Venice (then the richest city in Europe ) to rob their contents to fund war on the countries of Europe and eventually fill the Louvre Museum.
    Solzhenitsyn writes : “Communism has never concealed the fact that it rejects all absolute concepts of morality “., in other words, there is only one “TRUTH ” , that of the TGA , of WHO, and of the Albanese Govt. –regardless of how many people are permanently harmed or killed by what they approve ! As Machiavelli wrote : “The End justifies the Means ! “

  2. Jim Twelves 6 October 2023 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Rebekah, such an important piece and thanks Daily Declaration for publishing. Sadly the key phrase for me in your piece is in the last paragraph, ‘For now, the workarounds’. I think we all need to be extremely vigilant in the next few months that we call out every assault on free speech and every insult to our intelligence from the diabolical left, unchallenged by the spineless right!

  3. Kurt Mahlburg 6 October 2023 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Great work Rebekah. Love your articles. This story especially needed to be told.

  4. Stephen Lewin 9 October 2023 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Thank you Rebekah ..tbis is important information that needs to be known more

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