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Latest Twitter Files Reveal Company Suppressed Vaccine Sceptics, Even Eminent Doctors

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Newly released documents detail how Twitter executives sought to censor accounts sharing “true but inconvenient” data about the COVID-19 vaccines, even when the accounts belonged to eminent medical scientists. For the full story, read David Zweig’s report in the Free Press (based on a Twitter thread he posted on Monday). But the DailyMail.com has summarised the highlights.

In the latest instalment of the Twitter Files, journalist David Zweig laid bare how both the Trump and Biden administrations pressured Twitter executives to censor information that was “true but inconvenient”.

Using their pull, Zweig writes, the government was able to discredit doctors and experts, and suppress ordinary users’ freedom of speech on Twitter – even if they were citing the Center for Disease Control’s own data.

The Biden administration also piled pressure on the social media platform to suspend former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson over his tweets questioning Covid vaccines.

The documents provide more context as to how the government infiltrated the social media giant to suppress certain stories, as Twitter CEO Elon Musk vows there will be more revelations next week.

According to the documents released on Monday, the Trump administration met with executives at Twitter, Google, Facebook and Microsoft looking for “help from the tech companies to combat misinformation” about “runs on grocery stores… that could stoke panic buying and behaviours” in the early days of the pandemic.

Then, when the Biden administration took over, they became focused on tackling ‘misinformation’ about vaccines and targeted high-profile vaccine sceptics like Berenson.

In the summer of 2021, Zweig writes, Biden said social media companies were “killing people” for allowing vaccine misinformation – and just a few hours later, Berenson’s account was suspended.

He was kicked off the platform the following month, and ultimately sued (and settled with) Twitter.

As part of the legal process, Twitter was compelled to release internal communications, which showed how the White House pressured the company to take action on Berenson.

But the Biden administration was apparently “very angry” that Twitter had not done more to deplatform other accounts, and pressured executives to do more.

“Twitter executives did not fully capitulate to the Biden team’s wishes,” Zweig tweeted on Monday.

“An extensive review of internal communications of the company revealed employees often debating moderation cases in great detail and with more care than was shown by the government toward free speech.

“But Twitter did suppress views – many from doctors and scientific experts – that conflicted with the official positions of the White House.

“As a result, legitimate findings and questions that would have expanded the public debate went missing,” Zweig wrote.

Among the many experts that were deemed to have spread ‘misinformation’ was Dr. Martin Kulldorff, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School.

On March 15th, 2021 he responded to a question about whether those who have already had the virus and young children should get the vaccine.

“No. Thinking that everyone must be vaccinated is as scientifically flawed as thinking that nobody should,’ he wrote at the time. ‘COVID vaccines are important for older high-risk people and their caretakers.

“Those with prior natural infection do not need it. Nor children.”

That tweet was flagged by a content moderator at the site saying it shared “false information regarding the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines” because it differed from Centers for Disease Control guidelines at the time.

It was soon labeled as “misleading”, and all replies and likes were shut off.

And a tweet by Kelly Kga, a public health fact checker, was also labeled as “misleading”, with its likes and replies disabled – even though it displayed the CDC’s own data.

“Internal records showed that a a bot had flagged the tweet, and that it received many ‘tattles’ (what the system amusingly called reports from users,” Zweig wrote.

“That triggered a manual review by a human who – despite the tweet showing actual CDC data – nevertheless labeled it ‘misleading’.”

But the tweet that Kelly Kga was replying to “contained actual misinformation”, Zweig said, claiming that Covid was the leading cause of death from disease in children.

“Yet that tweet remains on the platform, and without a ‘misleading’ label,” Zweig tweeted.

Meanwhile, Andrew Bostom, a Rhode Island physician, was permanently suspended from the site after he tweeted a peer-reviewed study about the efficacy of mRNA vaccines.

“A review of Twitter log files revealed that an internal audit, conducted after Bostom’s attorney contacted Twitter, found that only one of Bostom’s five violations were valid,” according to Zweig.

“The one Bostom tweet found to still be in violation cited data that was legitimate but inconvenient to the public health establishment’s narrative about the risks of flu versus CIVUD in children,” he wrote.

Ultimately, Zweig said, Bostom’s account was finally restored on Sunday.

There are plenty more examples. You can read the rest of the Mail story here and Zweig’s full account here.

Stop Press: The World Economic Forum has decided not to post on Twitter during next month’s Davos, directing people who want to follow the conference moment-by-moment to Chinese social media apps TikTok, WeChat, and Weibo instead. Jordan Schachtel has more.

Stop Press 2: Jeffrey Tucker of the Brownstone Institute has written about how “the closing down of opinion and debate” at social media platforms like Twitter “resulted in unspeakable human carnage”. More here.

This post was originally published at The Daily Sceptic

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Sam Harris: Conservatives “Should Not Have Opinions” On Ukraine, Vaccines, Climate Change

“You’ve got people who are moving the opinions of millions of others, who should not have an opinion on these topics”

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Leftist ‘thinker’ Sam Harris declared last week that conservatives should not be allowed to voice their opinions on issues such as the war in Ukraine, climate change, or vaccine safety.

Making the remarks on a podcast, Harris’ argument is that conservative commentators are making a living out of “not caring” and thus should not be allowed to influence anyone else’s opinion.

“We’re swimming in a sea of misinformation, where you’ve got people who are moving the opinions of millions of others, who should not have an opinion on these topics,” Harris proclaimed.

He continued, “There is no scenario in which you should be getting your opinion about vaccine safety or climate change, or the war in Ukraine, or anything else that we might want to talk about from Candace Owens, right?”

She’s not a relevant expert on any of those topics. And what’s more, she doesn’t seem to care, right?” Harris continued, adding And she’s living in a culture that has amplified that not caring into a business model, an effective business model, right? That is something very Trumpian about all that.”

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This is all very rich coming from someone who previously admitted he supported the suppression of reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop immediately prior to the election, if it would prevent Donald Trump from being reelected.

Indeed, Harris went as far as saying “Hunter Biden could have had the corpses of children in his basement. I would not have cared.”

Harris later pathetically claimed that the New York Post’s reporting on the story was accurate only “by accident.”

After he received backlash for the remarks, Harris rage quit Twitter and is still absent from the platform, refusing to even entertain debate or opinions antithetical to his own:

Given that she was used as an example by Harris, Candace Owens responded:

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    Democrats Refuse To Address The Contents Of The Twitter Files – Attack The Messengers Instead

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    There are some that say not much was learned or gained from the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government this past week as politicians sparred over the meaning of the release of the Twitter Files.  Democrats in particular seemed adamant that they would not discuss the actual contents of the files or their implications.  Their apparent goal?  To disrupt exploration of the information and to attack the messengers.

    There might not have been many new revelations coming from the subcommittee, but what the public did learn was that the political left is extremely hostile to facts, evidence and the truth.  If you didn’t already know that by now, the hearing with Matt Taibbi made it abundantly clear.  

    Leftist members of the committee proceeded into a tirade when Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger were called to testify on their participation in the publishing of the files, attacking everything from their credentials to their intentions, and even demanding they reveal information on their private sources.  Here is the real information the Dems did not want to talk about:

    It is well known that Matt Taibbi, Michael Shellenberger and Elon Musk have long been liberal leaning in their politics, yet the accusations from Democrats asserted some form of conspiracy between Musk, Taibbi and Republicans, with some members even insinuating an effort to “undermine democracy.”  What right did they have to take this position?

    They claim that Musk and Taibbi are hiding data that shows Trump and Republicans were making requests to censor Twitter users as well.  In other words, they assert there is a “conspiracy” to protect Republicans while denouncing Democrats.

    But what are the facts here?

    Taibbi has said on numerous occasions that there were requests from Republicans as well as Democrat officials for accounts to be censored or blocked.  He never hid this from anyone.  This argument is a cover, a distraction from two separate issues:

    First, the government should NEVER be involved in censorship requests of the public for any reason.  It doesn’t matter which party is making the requests, and a criminal investigation should be pursued for any officials involved in legitimate 1st Amendment violations.  

    Second, who did Twitter actually censor?  Which requests did they actually honor?  The vast majority of accounts censored by the previous Twitter management were conservative accounts, conservative news sources and posts with content that ran contrary to Democrat narratives.  Republicans like Trump might have made requests, but how many people were blocked on Twitter in response?

    Democrats complain about the Twitter Files being weighted in favor of the political right wing, but maybe that is because most of the requests for censorship came from the DNC and Biden controlled agencies, and most of the people censored were conservatives.  It’s weighted against Democrats because they more commonly use censorship as a weapon.

    A stunning 99% of online political contributions made by Twitter employees in 2021 went to Democrats, according to Federal Election Commission data.  Are we really supposed to believe that Twitter has been acting for the benefit of both parties, or just one?  

    The M.O. of the political left for the past several years now has been cancel culture attacks to silence their opponents and shut down dissent.  Major social media companies are by far more progressive in their affiliations than conservative, and have been a key tool for leftists in targeting and removing contrary speech.  No one on the left talks about being shut down by conservatives, it is always the reverse.  

    The social dynamic in the US has been completely out of balance for many years, with corporations and government agencies widely backing the most extreme segments of the far-left.  This is where they get their power.  They certainly don’t get power from being the majority, woke activists are a tiny portion of the overall population and one that is widely despised.  They have been feared in the past only because corporations and the government back them.  The Twitter Files prove this collusion in detail.  

    Even moderate liberals like Musk or Taibbi are being run through the gauntlet of character assassination these days because they dared to oppose certain aspects of the far-left agenda.  But the bottom line is this – Only the political left and some Neo-Cons within the GOP have displayed open disdain for the dissemination of the truth.  We saw this with the Biden Laptop story.  We saw this with covid facts that were inconvenient to the establishment narrative.  And, we saw this recently with Tucker Carlson’s release of suppressed J6 footage.  

    The average conservative and liberty minded independent sees sunlight as the best disinfectant, while establishment elitists and woke activists view open discussion and debate of information as a “dangerous” frivolity.  We believe that the truth is arrived at through discourse.  They believe that the truth is what they say it is.

    The Twitter Files have torn open the veil obscuring big government and big tech collusion and this makes certain people very nervous and very angry.  Take note of who those people are.  Who is enraged?  Who is hostile to the exposure of government censorship?  Those are the real villains that need to face scrutiny, not the messengers passing the information along.  

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    Video: Twitter Files Journalist Michael Shellenberger Warns Of ‘Censorship-Industrial Complex’

    “The rise of a for-profit censorship industry funded by American taxpayers to censor real-world information”

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    Journalist Michael Shellenberger, who testified Thursday before the House regarding his involvement with the Twitter Files, has warned of a “very disturbing” movement toward a “Censorship-industrial complex” being implemented by the government.

    Speaking about his testimony and attempts by Democrats to get him to reveal his journalistic sources, as well as just having plain insults thrown at him and being called a threat to Democracy, Shellenberger told Tucker Carlson that the hearing “was a very disturbing event.”

    “They then proceeded to demand to know who our sources were, which of course, we were unwilling to share with them,” Shellenberger continued, adding “We were revealing here this is way beyond woke censorship within Twitter,”

    The journalist urged that “we have now discovered a censorship-industrial complex that includes government-funded entities that are doing state-sponsored censorship.”

    “They are now seeking widespread use of artificial intelligence to censor accurate information,” Shellenberger continued, adding “We’ve now seen Facebook and Twitter caught censoring accurate information about coronavirus vaccinations because they were worried that it would lead to vaccine hesitancy.”

    “The story has really evolved, and there is much more to say on it we are still discovering quite a bit of information, but what you’re basically seeing here is the rise of a for-profit censorship industry funded by American taxpayers to censor real-world information,” Shellenberger asserted.

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    Here are the clips of the Democrats asking both Shellenberger and Matt Taibbi to expose their sources:

    All of this is happening under the context of the Biden Federal Trade Commission going directly after the journalists and Elon Musk for daring to expose the censorship activities of the deep state.

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