“My worry is that all this misinformation that’s floating around is having a real cost that can be measured in lives lost and that is just tragic,” says US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on the spread of vaccine disinformation on social media and by conservative media. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/hBTk3NDs9s
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) July 18, 2021
Vivek Murthy represents our values.
So if he says “more censorship,” that means our values are “more censorship.”
Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy acknowledged that Big Tech has taken some “positive steps” to combat misinformation about coronavirus vaccines but “not enough” – amid President Biden’s accusation that Facebook is “killing people” by failing to rid its platform of inaccurate information.
Murthy was asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” about Facebook’s statement in response, saying the White House is looking for a scapegoat to blame for the lag in vaccinations and claiming that administration officials have praised the work of the social media giant.
“I’ve been very consistent in what I’ve said to the technology companies, and I’ve spoken with a number of them over the last many months, and my team has as well. And what we have effectively said is when we see steps that are good, that are being taken, we should acknowledge those. And there have been some positive steps taken by these technology companies,” he told host Dana Bash, noting that some promoted material from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“But what I’ve also said to them, publicly and privately, is that it’s not enough. That we’re still seeing a proliferation of misinformation online, and we know that health misinformation harms people’s health. It costs them their lives,” Murthy said.
He said the misinformation being dispersed online confuses people trying to find accurate medical and health information – which can have deadly consequences.
“I’ve seen that as a doctor over the years as patients have struggled with health misinformation. And here’s the key thing to remember: health misinformation takes away our freedom and our power to make decisions for us and for our families,” he said.
“And that’s a problem, and these platforms have to recognize they played a major role in the increase in speed and scale with which misinformation is spreading,” Murthy said.
Bash, who is very, very Jewish, also asked: “Do you think conservative media, like Fox News, are doing the same? Are they killing people, too, with rhetoric you just heard?”
The pajeet dodged that direct question, instead asking Bash to “plz open bob.”*
A few days ago, he was also out there saying that misinformation kills people.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an advisory on misinformation about Covid-19 and vaccines that has "led to avoidable illnesses and death" pic.twitter.com/jz67spISSK
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) July 15, 2021
They’re a few steps away from labeling skeptics and anyone who disagrees with the official narrative as terrorists or mass murderers.
US: Surgeon General Vivek revealed the Rockefeller Foundation is committing $13.5 mill to "combat health misinformation."
Vivek also asked tech companies to do more to monitor Americans, and take action against "misinformation super-spreaders." pic.twitter.com/cjJdZNHIg2
— Apex World News (@apexworldnews) July 18, 2021
It’s a very big shift from the government’s previous stance of “we want freedom of speech but we cannot control private companies.” The mask is off and the government is just openly calling for censorship.
We knew the government already supported the censorship, because they refused to do anything to stop it. But to have them out in the open calling for it – it’s a horse of a different color.
This is probably going to spiral pretty rapidly, as they start to put the hard word on anyone allowing any kind of free speech.
It will first be to “stop Covid disinformation” just like the original censorship of the Daily Stormer was to “stop people from making jokes about Heather Heyer.” As we know, that quickly became “stop people from supporting Donald Trump.”
Just so, “stop Covid disinformation” will become “stop any criticism of any government policy.”
Obviously, all internet infrastructure is owned by “private companies,” so if the government is forcing private companies to censor, there will be no more free internet.
Sure, sites that have their infrastructure in Russia or China might be able to stay online, but the Biden people will just start telling Comcast and other internet providers that they have to block websites to prevent people from finding information that could hurt them.
*That’s a joke.