Free Speech Immunity: YouTube Bans Channels Airing Criticism of Vaccines

YouTube continued the expansion of corporate censorship on the Internet with the encouragement of leading Democratic leaders. The company has banned channels associated with anti-vaccine activists like Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Once again, rather than rebutting or refuting claims made by others, many sought to silence those with opposing views. YouTube will not allow people to hear views that do not comport with an approved range of opinions.  The move magnifies concerns that we are seeing the emergence of a new type of state media as private companies conduct censorship operations barred by the Constitution for the government to conduct directly. This move comes days after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) asked Amazon to steer customers to “true” books on subjects like climate change to avoid their exposure to “disinformation.” It also follows YouTube censoring videos of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny before Russia’s parliamentary elections. The move helped Putin and his authoritarian government crack down on pro-Democracy forces.
The Google-owned site is now openly engaged in viewpoint regulation to force users to view only those sources that are consistent with the corporate agenda. Facebook banned misinformation on all vaccines seven months ago and Twitter regularly bans those questioning vaccines.

These companies are being encouraged by many on the left to expand censorship.

Faculty and editors are now actively supporting modern versions of book-burning with blacklists and bans for those with opposing political views. Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll has denounced the “weaponization” of free speech, which appears to be the use of free speech by those on the right. So the dean of one of the premier journalism schools now supports censorship.

Free speech advocates are facing a generational shift that is now being reflected in our law schools, where free speech principles were once a touchstone of the rule of law. As millions of students are taught that free speech is a threat and that “China is right” about censorship, these figures are shaping a new society in their own intolerant images.

In one critical hearing, tech CEOs appeared before the Senate to discuss censorship programs. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized for censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story, but then pledged to censor more people in defense of “electoral integrity.”

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, however, was not happy. He was upset not by the promised censorship but that it was not broad enough.

He noted that it was hard to define the problem of “misleading information,” but the companies had to impose a sweeping system to combat the “harm” of misinformation on climate change as well as other areas. “The pandemic and misinformation about COVID-19, manipulated media also cause harm,” Coons said. “But I’d urge you to reconsider that because helping to disseminate climate denialism, in my view, further facilitates and accelerates one of the greatest existential threats to our world.”

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal also warned that he and his colleagues would not tolerate any “backsliding or retrenching” by “failing to take action against dangerous disinformation.” He demanded “the same kind of robust content modification” from the companies – the new Orwellian term for censorship.

This is the face of censorship. As demanded, the companies are now sanitizing their sites to remove opposing views on these subjects. Rather than offer a free forum for the full debate on such issues, anti-free speech advocates have again prevailed in silencing those with opposing views.

119 thoughts on “Free Speech Immunity: YouTube Bans Channels Airing Criticism of Vaccines”

    1. Mespo, Russia was doing everything it could to spread misinformation regarding Germany’s election this past Sunday. So I’m not sure why you falsely label Germany a ‘tyrant’.

      Maybe it’s because Trump didn’t like Angela Merkel. So as a good Trumper you feel the need to put Germany on the same level as Russia.

      I’m sure most readers here would prefer Germany to Russia as a place to live.

      1. [Anonymous says: Mespo, Russia was doing everything it could to spread misinformation regarding Germany’s election this past Sunday.]

        And right there folks, you see a prime example of misinfornation being spread by “Anonymous.”

        [So as a good Trumper you feel the need to put Germany on the same level as Russia.]

        Ha ha, “Trumper.” Hush grownups, we have a kid practicing primary school “debating” techniques again.

    2. Hi Mespo,

      I hope your family & you had memorable & greatest time.

      I’d offer some advice for 1# but after 43 years I’m Sgt Schultz, I know nothing.

        1. ” Heck I officiated the ceremony! ”


          Hopefully the legal contract wasn’t to lengthy like some lawyers do.

          And it sounds like it would be hand to find nicer place to have a wedding.

          May your wife & you have plenty of grandkids.

    3. Russia previously banned dis info when it banned NGo’s from meddling. Nothing new under the sun. But here and now our govt hides facts behind hippa. Their operating theory is that as more people “know” someone who dies of covid……they’ll be so afraid they will get the jab. Right….99.999 no harm rate. So the cat is out a the bag. This censorship is too late and the final straw really on TRUST. Ppl who haven’t got the vac yet won’t unless ultra coerced. Many teachers and nurses will find jobs in sanctuary states…..and not submit. And biden will have handed Russia it’s desired outcome….the balk an nized n of the USA. Biden is their fool. And Google et. Al. might be the master. ???

      1. The so called mRNA Gene Therapy Drug’d, so called vaxxed , large amounts will most likely get either permanently sick or pass this fall/winter/spring. ( Those at risk should check into the health issue today while there’s time to.). Survivors likely will not have trouble finding opportunity afterwards.

        1. Are you really that stupid? mRNA is NOT gene therapy. You need to study what mRNA really is and how it works to induce the body to create a defense against the spike protein.

  1. When the US passed the FDA Law in 1938, fake cures and patent medicines were ubiquitous, and had been from the very beginning.
    For the first time, we had legal definitions of what “safe” and “effective” mean, and processes to be able to validate medical benefit claims of such made by vendors.

    What those 1938 legislators did not anticipate was the internet, and defamatory infowarfare campaigns being waged against approved drugs and treatments. Those defamations weren’t regulated.

    But, if you read the intent of the 1938 Law, and extrapolate that intent to 2021 (exposing health consumers to only scientifically validated claims about drugs, devices and treatments), then what You Tube is doing is in the public interest.

    In 1938, there was always the option of staying with the doctrine of caveat emptor….why was a different path chosen? The ability of the average citizen to evaluate medical risk and benefit on their own was judged a losing battle. Add to that the highly vulnerable position of the consumer in the midst of medical crisis. Americans, even in this age, are unable to make accurate quantitative assessments of risk, and through denial often fail to even entertain it. Paternalistic?…elitist?…those aren’t the right adjectives, but “well-informed” and “circumspect” describe a system of medical advice that the FDA Law created. And, it has been wildly successful.

    Note: You Tube is NOT censoring all postings that are critical of vaccines. They are censoring misleading criticisms not backed up by objective data. It does call into question whether Section 230 still applies. I tend to think it does not, once a platform starts making editorial decisions blocking content that is otherwise legal.

    1. Show us all the Scientific/Fact Based/Trails proof that the Experimental mRNA Gene Therapy Drugs are Safe, Effective & have a high enough Efficiency rate that they should be redefined as a Vaccine. And their are no other approved drug therapies Doctors are currently using with known huge success rates like Ivermectin, etc., against Covid 19 & other CV19 caused Mutants like Delta Virus.

      Other Successful Treatments mean No Legal Authority to use Experimental mRNA Drugs on the Gen Pop.

      1. That piece I just put up needs a correction.

        There is NO, I’m mean No Legal Authority for any Corporation Or Governments to Force Anyone to have some Injected into them!

        Anything else is complete Tyranny.

        1. FYI:

          If the Govt/Corporations wish to re-argue Jacobson vs Mass 1905 good luck Amy Coney Barrett trying to go back to those good ole days when that ruling allowed the Govt to cut Black’s Balls Off.

          I don’t think that will sell to public these days regardless of what the courts decide. Go ahead & light the fuse. LOL;)

          I can see it now: BLM changes their name to BBM.

    2. “The ability of the average citizen to evaluate medical risk and benefit on their own was judged a losing battle.”

      Which is why a responsible adult chooses a competent doctor and a competent pharmacist. And that is why a responsible adult purchases products (e.g., medicine) from companies with a good reputation.

      That some are irresponsible, and that some sell snake oil, is not a justification for the government (via the FDA) to presume that everyone is guilty — or to force pharma companies to prove their innocence. “Preventive law,” the theory behind the FDA (and all government regulations), assumes that an individual is guilty — and compels him to prove that he is not. That is *not* the American system of innocent until proven guilty.

      Notice how the case for paternalistic regulators is always the same: Some individuals are too stupid, weak, irresponsible to make their own choices. So there needs to be an omnipotent bureaucratic forcing them to make the “right” choices.

      (Please do not equivocate between “preventive” law and the word “prevent.”)

  2. How long will it be before they censor something that turns out to be correct. Anyone remember the censorship of the virus escaping from a Chinese lab?
    You refute with facts not censorship. This will be another face plant.

  3. Censorship. A hallmark of tyranny.

    It always comes down to censorship and force with the hard Left, and Big Tech is a creature of the Left. Leave it to them to ruin a good thing, lifesaving vaccines, by acting like the Gestapo or the General Administration of the Press and Publication (GAPP) of China.

  4. As I said a couple days ago, Big Tech has become a cat’s paw for governments to do by stealth what they cannot do lawfully in the open.

    It is probably much worse than we know; they aren’t very transparent on purpose.

    1. Et al:

      Apple/Google/Ytube, Facebook, etc., seek to ban people like these types of Doctors/Scientist that are using science & fact based research for treatment of their patients & the rest of us sharing this type info:


      Update: 5,200 Doctors & Scientists Sign Declaration Accusing COVID Policy-Makers of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’
      by Jamie White
      September 27th 2021, 1:25 pm

      1. Dr. Kook Malone is saying that doctors are being discouraged to treat COVID with unproven remedies and more deaths are caused by recommendations from the CDC. I guess he never took a statistics class in college. There is more research in COVID and more data on its treatment than any other virus in history. Kook Malone ignores all the data and lies about the toxicity of the vaccine. He give no data or studies to back up his claim.

        1. So we’ve established you have no respect for & hate Dr Malone.

          Now do you have any actual data from the short term & the long term studies of these Experimental mRNA Gene Therapies Big Phrama claims are Covid19 vaccines, with the phase 1, 2 & 3 trials along with the corresponding safety, effective & efficacy results verses a complete non-vaccine or drug used as a placebo?

      2. Kook Malone did not invent mRNA technology! He was one of many in the development of mRNA technology in the 1980s.

        1. Excerpt from New England Journal of Medicine.
          Free link. Excellent diagram within article

          September 24, 2021
          DOI: 10.1056/NEJMcibr2111445

          In Gratitude for mRNA Vaccines
          Lynda M. Stuart, M.D., Ph.D.

          Making vaccines has often been described as a thankless task. In the words of Dr. Bill Foege, one of the world’s greatest public health physicians, “Nobody ever thanks you for saving them from the disease they didn’t know they were going to get.” However, public health practitioners consider vaccines to be an excellent return on investment because they prevent death and disability, especially when given in childhood. So why do we not have vaccines for more vaccine-preventable diseases? The reason is that vaccines must show both high efficacy and phenomenal safety to warrant their use in healthy people, making product development a long and difficult process. Before 2020, the average time from conception of a vaccine to licensure was 10 to 15 years; the shortest time (for the mumps vaccine) was 4 years. The development of a vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in 11 months was therefore an extraordinary feat and was made possible by years of basic research on new vaccine platforms, most notably messenger RNA (mRNA).1,2 The contributions of Dr. Drew Weissman and Dr. Katalin Karikó, recipients of the 2021 Lasker–DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, are particularly notable.

          The principles behind nucleic acid vaccines are rooted in Watson and Crick’s central dogma — that DNA is transcribed into mRNA, which in turn is translated into protein. Nearly three decades ago, it was shown that the introduction of either DNA or mRNA into a cell or any living organism results in expression of a protein defined by the nucleic acid sequence.3 Soon thereafter, the concept of nucleic acid vaccines was validated when proteins expressed from exogenous DNA were shown to induce a protective immune response.4 However, real-world application of DNA vaccination has been limited, initially because of safety concerns regarding DNA integration and later because of the poor scalability of efficient delivery of the DNA into the nucleus. In contrast, despite being prone to hydrolysis, mRNA appeared to be more tractable because the nucleic acid did not need to be delivered into the nucleus; it is functional in the cytosol. However, decades of basic research performed by Weissman and Karikó, initially in their own laboratories and then after licensing to two biotechnology companies (Moderna and BioNTech), were needed for the realization of mRNA vaccines. What were the keys to success?

          1. The shingles vac. Was. People suceptible to shingles used to get a natural “booster” when community kids got mainly no deadly but the hassle and right of passage pox out break. Now we have a vac for shingles. Because no more nuisance pox. Bc varicella vac to kids.. It’s all money. It’s always money. Greed. Yet we tinker….and play God. While denying a creator…..

            If we want to be rational….maybe we have too many useless eaters. If over pop is causing this “essential” threat of climate change. Then we have to get rid of ppl. Since we don’t believe in God…what do we care if ppl have to be killed? What’s stopping us? But no we care about you……really? Then leave us the he’ll be. All they care about is the plus up bounty on every lied about covid patients head and perpetual vac sales. Never forget who monitized us in the first instance.! Big tech.

            1. Shingles is caused by Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV). Acute infection with VZV causes chickenpox, and reactivation of latent VZV causes shingles (also called herpes zoster). Chickenpox is mild in children but more severe in adults and in immunocompromised people.

              Shingles is a source of morbidity in older and immunosuppressed persons. VZV infects mucous membranes, skin, and neurons and causes a self-limited primary infection in immunocompetent individuals. VZV evades immune responses and establishes a latent infection in sensory ganglia. VZV is transmitted in epidemic fashion by respiratory aerosols, disseminates hematogenously, and causes widespread vesicular skin lesions. Latent VZV infection is seen in neurons and/or satellite cells around neurons in the dorsal root ganglia.

              ….For this reason, vaccination to prevent shingles is now recommended in all patients older than 50 years of age, and in younger adults with chronic disorders that may impair immunity.

              Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 10th Ed.
              Chap 8: Infectious Diseases, Section: Viral Infections, pp. 355
              ISBN 978-0-323-53113-9

          2. Estovir,

            It seems like your interested in science & fact based medicine. About 49:21 minutes long:

            BREAKING BOMBSHELL: WHO/CDC Docs Prove COVID Vaxx Created Deadly Delta Variant


            Sep 9, 2021
            The Alex Jones Show
            The Alex Jones Show

            Dr. Richard Fleming of flemingmethod joins The Alex Jones Show to expose the COVID vaxx origins of the delta variant.


    2. Et al:

      2 links, 2nd one 1st, about lil under 14 minutes, before feature Dr Ardis, he shows how he comes up with the approximately over 700,000 dead so far from the mRNA Gene Therapies & the hospital’s “PREP ACT” protocols:


      Thousands Dead In NYC Within 28 Days Of COVID Vaccine



      Sep 27, 2021
      War Room With Owen Shroyer
      War Room With Owen Shroyer

      Dr. Bryan Ardis and Owen look at the case numbers from New York after vaccines and Remdesivir.


      Dr. Ardis: The Medical Industry Is Responsible For ‘Covid’ Deaths, Not Virus



      Sep 20, 2021
      The Alex Jones Show
      The Alex Jones Show

      Dr. Bryan Ardis joins Owen Shroyer live in studio to break down how the medical industry in killing more people through toxic treatments and vaccines than the COVID virus itself.

    1. I find the VAERs thing confusing. As much as I might hate or distrust the govt., it just seems impossible that this is do available or true.

  5. Road to Perdition: “condemnation, damnation, doom, downfall, hell, ruin”.

    Tyrants aplenty we have among us, trying as they might to change discourse and ban speech contrary to their Utopian view.

    These Woke tyrants have a distorted cognate view of what Freedom means. The dictates of allowed behavior packed in the imagined Utopia, leads not to Shangri-La, but a totalitarian Dystopia.

    These arrogant WOKE fools and their fragile feeling of despair must be shunned and shown as the terrorists they are.

    Quoting Margaret Thatcher: “We must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.”. Speech to American Bar Association in London, 15 July 1985

    Terrorist: “Person who uses unlawful violence and INTIMIDATION, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.” From Bing

  6. You’re half correct and half wrong. If someone honestly presents alternatives to the vaccines in a scientific manner then it should be acceptable. But when outright lies and conspiracy theories are presented with no evidence and only biased political opinions then it certainly can be banned. YouTube has that right. The vaccines have gone through rigorous testing in three phases as a way to combat Covid. And they clearly are working as is evidenced by football stadiums full each weekend and no super-spreading events. But many other apparent remedies like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine have not. They are for other ailments. Next is the absurdity of claiming the vaccines have chips in them. Ban those. What many of these videos present is nowhere near science.

    1. We are in Phase 3 of the “rigorous” vaccine testing right now and YOU are the lab rat.

    2. Montage,
      You’re literally advocating for totalitarianism and totalitarianism is anti-individual rights. How about we infringe on your rights to free speech because our biased opinions make us think that what you write is misinformation.

      Bias makes you stupid.

      1. “You’re literally advocating for totalitarianism . . .”

        I did not realize that YouTube has a police force and a military.

      1. Vaccines are not mandated. However, if everyone was vaccinated we would probably have very few COVID deaths and hospital admissions. Follow the data!

        1. Howard, please stop Following Bad Data!
          Just look above at all the data I posted & then you decide.

          1. I follow scientific studies around the world peer reviewed by the top scientists in the field, not by phony data created by idiots!

    3. Who the hell are you, to tell me what I can and cannot read!!!!!!! Who the hell do you think you are!!!!!! You don’t know how much I wish I was right in front of your nose, to say this to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Turley writes: It also follows YouTube censoring videos of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny before Russia’s parliamentary elections. The move helped Putin and his authoritarian government crack down on pro-Democracy forces.

    At 64% approval Putin didn’t need YouTube, but that’s how the game works. Those in power cling to one another because if people understood how evil they really are there would be riots.

  8. Science literally does not happen without debate and constant exchange of ideas and information. What they are calling “following the science” has about as much credibility and seriousness today as listening to the so-called “fact-checkers” who disappear entirely during Democrat administrations. It’s absurd. All of it.

  9. The hilariously sad thing is these “Guardians Of Truth” arbiters at big tech tasked with overruling real experts and judging what is and is not “misinformation/disinformation” are mostly recent 20-something college grads with the life experiences of… 20-something college grads..

    1. I call them ignorant punks tripping on their newly acquired power over others. “you are banned” and “you are banned” and I have the power to ban you. And like you said, these tech people are literally ignorant know-nothings wielding way too much power over others who actually have real-world ‘credentials.’

      Like everything else about the left, it makes no sense. Which is why it needs to be forced on you.

  10. The word “racist” has lost all meaning. The words “misinformation and disinformation” have too.

    1. “The word “racist” has lost all meaning. The words “misinformation and disinformation” have too.”

      They have meaning and all the same meaning– Anything the Left doesn’t like.

  11. YouTube has the right to refuse to host content that violates their standards. And content that is lying about vaccines, and thus literally killing people violates their standards. If you don’t like it go to a different hosting site.

    1. Orally

      If you can’t see the implications of this action, then nobody can help you.

    2. Youtube does not have the right to act as a surrogate for government censorship- this comes from the Supreme Court of the US.

      1. The Supreme Court of the US is pretty much a panel of partisan political hacks. To say otherwise is a laughable lie.

      2. Ivan wrote, “Youtube does not have the right to act as a surrogate for government censorship- this comes from the Supreme Court of the US.”

        I think you’ve got the right general idea but I think you’re using the wrong word; I think that proxy is the correct word to use instead of surrogate.

  12. Just waiting for some s@@tlib to bloviate on how this is a great idea and more censorship is needed to stop misinformation. Or even better, proffer that it really isn’t censorship at all, since you tube is a private company.

    These same people will be advocating for European style hate speech laws in another 10 years. And they’ll do it with a straight face while claiming to support the 1st amendment.


    1. “. . . proffer that it really isn’t censorship . . .”

      Do tell, then: What is “censorship?”

  13. As predicted by Hayek, Schumpeter, Unabomber and Menkin (sp?) we would evolve into a nation run by low IQ, low moral, inferiority complex psychopaths and the last 20 years have proved that. I wonder what professor Turley really thinks. He seems to believe we are playing a game with honorable people. Rather than a planned destruction by the reprobates in charge. Is Turley too much of a lawyer that he is blinded to the obvious. It would be good to see him go off script and hear what he really thinks. The government collectively are lawless and Turley acts as if that is not the case.

    1. You are so, so right. We are being muzzled and when complete there will be no hope, that is if there is still any around.

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