Panel featured Oxford, Stanford, Harvard scholars saying children don’t need masks
YouTube has purged a video of a panel discussion hosted by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with health experts from Oxford, Harvard and Stanford whose advice informed his decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions last year.
The Google-owned video platform didn’t like the fact that the experts thought children didn’t need to wear masks, reported The Wrap.
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A YouTube representative said the position on masks violated YouTube’s “COVID-19 medical misinformation” policies.
The panel members at the forum in March were former White House coronvirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas of Stanford University, Oxford epidemiologist Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Harvard professor Dr. Martin Kulldorff and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford.
The clip was posted on YouTube by the American Institute for Economic Research, which has made the video available on its website.
The YouTube rep said the platform “has clear policies around COVID-19 medical misinformation to support the health and safety of our users.”
“We removed AIER’s video because it included content that contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities regarding the efficacy of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the rep said. “We allow videos that otherwise violate our policies to remain on the platform if they contain sufficient educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic context. Our policies apply to everyone, and focus on content regardless of the speaker or channel.”
‘No scientific rationale’
The YouTube’s censors didn’t like an exchange in which Kulldorff, responding to a question by DeSantis, said “children should not wear face masks, no. ”
“They don’t need it for their own protection and they don’t need it for protecting other people, either,” the Harvard epidemiologist said.
Stanford’s Bhattacharya said it is “developmentally inappropriate” for children to wear masks and it “just doesn’t help on the disease spread.”