Google-owned YouTube took down a video of a roundtable conference hosted by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), featuring former White House coronavirus task force member and medical scholar Scott Atlas, and the three co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration.
“The efforts in Florida to protect the elderly while permitting the rest of society to function normally led to a success that has been celebrated the world over. It causes major disruption to the lockdown narrative that the only way to suppress a virus is to suppress rights and freedoms,” the American Institute for Economic Research said, adding that the roundtable “came to serve as a tutorial in the relationship between public policy and virus mitigation.”
The video featured former White House COVID-19 task force member Dr. Scott Atlas as well as Harvard professor of medicine Martin Kulldorff, Oxford professor of epidemiology Sunetra Gupta, and Stanford professor of medicine and epidemiologist Jay Bhattacharya.
But, according to the Institute, YouTube on April 7 “suddenly deleted the entire video from its platform.”
When trying to access the video, YouTube has a message: “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”
The Epoch Times has contacted YouTube for comment. YouTube, which is owned by Google, has not issued a public comment on the matter.
The American Institute for Economic Research’s article suggested that YouTube may have taken down the video as DeSantis’ policies against COVID-19 lockdowns cause “major disruption to the lockdown narrative that the only way to suppress a virus is to suppress rights and freedoms.”
The group contended: “This policy has now run afoul of the basic needs of public health messaging, science, and sound policy decision making, even to the point of removing a serious forum of a popular government along with his scientific advisors from Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford universities.”
Several weeks ago, YouTube confirmed it removed a video from conservative commentator Steven Crowder for allegedly violating the platform’s content policies regarding COVID-19.
“This video violates our COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits content claiming that the death rates of COVID-19 are less severe or equally as severe as the common cold or seasonal flu,” YouTube said in a statement in March to Bloomberg News. “As a result, the video was removed from Steven Crowder’s channel.”