Did YouTube give us permission to speak our own mind? Maybe. This headline, “YouTube will no longer punish accounts that question efficacy of face masks“, was published by The Blaze, on Wednesday, August 24th.
YouTube, the Big Tech video mega-platform, may recently have updated its “misinformation” policies so that it will no longer remove content that questions the validity of wearing a face mask to prevent COVID or penalize accounts that publish such content.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, has lengthy “misinformation policies” related to three controversial topics: Elections, vaccines, and COVID. As recently as April, YouTube forbade any content that claims “wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects” or that “masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19.”
However, by May 31, YouTube had quietly eliminated both of those references to face masks from its list of COVID “prevention misinformation.”
The National Director of the Knights Party of the Ku Klux Klan, centrally based in Harrison, Arkansas, Thomas Robb was quoted as saying, “Now I’m not a doctor, but I am a God fearing man. With that being said, I know that God created us in a way to sustain life. We breath in air which sends oxygen through our blood stream, and at the same time, we exhale carbon dioxide, which is a waste gas. This process is called ‘gas exchange’, and is essential for life. Now I trust God, so I know he created me in such a manner as to sustain life. As well, common sense tells me that if I cover both my mouth and my nose, this is restricting the amount of oxygen I take in, and when I breath into a mask, the carbon dioxide that I’m supposed to exhale, I breath right back into my body. I guess it comes down to this, do you trust God? But thank you YouTube for not punishing me when I can use my own common sense to decide what is best for my body.”