“Google-owned video giant YouTube has deleted a June interview with Dr. Scott Atlas, who has since taken on a role advising the Trump administration on its response to COVID-19, because his views conflict with the judgment of the embattled, World Health Organization (WHO).
Atlas is a medical doctor, internationally recognized medical scholar, and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. On June 23, prior to his becoming an advisor to the president, Atlas participated in an interview with Peter Robinson on the wisdom of public lockdowns and other strategies governments have adopted to fight COVID-19. (The video and transcript are still available on Hoover’s website).
‘I think we can all understand why the initial lockdown was done,’ but ‘extension of the lockdown is completely and utterly incorrect,’ Atlas argued, citing costs such as Americans delaying or canceling other critical medical care such as chemotherapy. All told, Atlas contends that while COVID-19 was responsible for ‘800,000 lost years of life’ as of this past summer, the lockdown ‘is responsible for at least 700,000 lost years of life every month, or about 1.5 million so far.’
Over the weekend, Forbes health policy analyst Avik Roy reported that YouTube deleted the video. According to a screenshot of the notice, YouTube claimed that the video ‘spreads medical misinformation that contradicts the World Health Organization (WHO) or local health authorities’ medical information about COVID-19, including on methods to prevent, treat, or diagnose COVID-19 and means of transmission of COVID-19.’ It did not identify specific examples of ‘misinformation.'”