One of the more pernicious pretexts for social media censorship is medical misinformation. The category has been used by some platforms to ban all pro-life content. But it’s really taking off on Twitter in the age of the Wuhan Virus pandemic.
1. There is an argument for removing actual actionable misinformation. That’s a fairly narrow category. Encouraging people to use actual fish cleaner might qualify. Putting forward exaggerated or incorrect claims for actual medications that are the subject of debate isn’t it.
And, of course, Twitter is censoring examples of the latter.
2. Removing calls to defy social distancing is not an issue of medical misinformation. That’s a question of political dissent. And Twitter’s erasure of David Clarke’s tweets was straightforward political censorship. Twitter can choose to censor political views, but it should be honest about what it’s doing, instead of pretending that it’s protecting people from medical misinformation.
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