Source: Arjun Walia

In Brief

  • The Facts:The Polish Government has announced that it will be taken steps to make censorship by big tech companies like Facebook, and Twitter, completely illegal.
  • Reflect On:Do these companies really have an interest in removing harmful content, or does their interest lie in removing information, no matter how true, that threatens their interests and agenda?

What Happened: The deactivation of Donald Trump’s social media accounts has sparked both praise and outrage across the globe. One fact, however, remains unacknowledged on such a large scale is the deactivation of thousands of social media accounts which includes many doctors, scientists, journalists and people for sharing information, evidence, science and opinions that go against the grain, so to speak.

Over the last few months, I have seen academic articles and op-eds by professors retracted or labeled “fake news” by social media platforms. Often, no explanation is provided. I am concerned about this heavy-handedness and, at times, outright censorship. – Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH (source)

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