YouTube Has the Right To Shut Down Rand Paul. That Doesn’t Mean It Should.
YouTube just froze Sen. Rand Paul’s (R–Ky.) YouTube channel.
That’s just wrong. Small-minded. Counterproductive.
YouTube says Paul violated their COVID-19 misinformation policy when he told an interviewer, “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work…virus particles are too small and go right through.”
Paul didn’t make that up.
Properly worn N95 masks are effective, but two peer-reviewed studies suggest that simple masks might not work at all.
But the studies aren’t perfect, so Paul shouldn’t use phrases like “no value.” But give him a break; that’s how people talk! It’s good if he tells people not to trust cloth masks.
Unfortunately, YouTube bans any video that contradicts pronouncements of the World Health Organization. The rule makes it impossible to criticize WHO policy, even though one WHO video says “wear a mask regardless of the distance from others.”
WHO bureaucrats aren’t perfect. They made many mistakes during COVID-19. Other health “experts” once rejected germ theory and told people with ulcers to drink milk.
Such mistakes got corrected through criticism and debate. But YouTube now forbids that!
Last month, Paul got into a heated debate with Anthony Fauci over money the National Institutes of Health gave to Chinese scientists. Paul asked if it was used to do “gain-of-function” research (science that makes diseases deadlier—to learn more about them).
Paul didn’t suggest that the experiment the U.S. government funded created COVID-19. It didn’t. We know that because of COVID-19’s molecular structure.
But gain-of-function is still risky science that deserves public discu
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