By Alex Mangie: A video of several doctors espousing their opinions on the drug Hydroxychloroquine on the steps of the Supreme Court was once on the Internet. Now it is gone, never to be seen again. Is there anything quite as Orwellian as that? Something that at one time existed that millions of people viewed was scrubbed from every social media and video sharing site—in effect, history has changed, and the mainstream media and tech giants have framed any clip that remains of that video as false and to be trusted only through the lenses of hateful commentators.
I do not know if Hydroxychloroquine is effective or not effective, and that puts me in the boat with about eight billion other people who have about as much knowledge as I have in the field of medicine—and whatever little knowledge that is, you can be sure it is more than any news anchor on CNN or MSNBC possesses. But a group of doctors who have collectively been practicing medicine for a long time made some statements that could admittedly be construed as controversial—one said Hydroxychloroquine was a cure and another said stay-at-home orders are ineffective. I do not subscribe to either of those opinions, but they are opinions nonetheless.
Did this video necessitate a global purge though?
It is chilling the speed at which this video was erased from the Internet. You cannot find this video, only links to articles and videos of commentators explaining how false this video is and how terrible the people are in it. I have never seen such a concerted effort between tech companies, media, and politicians to jump on an online video much like a pack of lions would prey on a gazelle. Whether or not you agree with the content of this video is irrelevant—what should really be taken away from this is what these tech companies can do to you if you subscribe to an opinion of which they fundamentally disagree.
The swiftness of which these companies acted to remove any trace of a piece of content ought to frighten anyone who still cherishes their right to freedom of speech. If Facebook and Google can erase all traces of that video, they can do it to you. There is no mistaking that these multi-national companies disdain conservative views and Donald Trump in particular. However, they do not hate Trump or conservatives enough to refuse to take their money for advertising (if you are allowed the sainted privilege after jumping through their stringent hoops). But money aside, these companies think very little of conservative ideas and very highly of globalist ones. If there is a chance to influence an election, they will take it, and if there is a video or content that rubs the elites the wrong way, you can be sure it will be removed.
Big Brother is watching, and its name is Google-Facebook-Twitter. These companies control an exorbitant amount of data and platforms, and as long as these companies are allowed to hold monopolies, your speech rights will continue to be stripped. It may not be removal of what you say, but they control the algorithms for who sees it. If you have a following, they can demonetize you with the press of a button. That is very dangerous when your speech (and in some cases livelihood) is often so reliant on these platforms.
I did not see the Hydroxychloroquine video in its entirety, so I cannot give a firsthand account of it. What those doctors had to say may very well be complete garbage, but there is an unfathomable amount of garbage on the Internet parading itself as truthful and legitimate, including those videos of mainstream media figures saying outright lies to the general public about Trump colluding with Russia even after their hero Mueller said it did not occur. Maybe the Internet needs a little more scrubbing after all.