On October 6, Donald Trump posted to social media: "Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!"
The post was almost immediately removed by Facebook and flagged by Twitter. The social media monopolies warn that the President is "spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19."
Facebook and Twitter are now clear: The only information allowed online is covid panic. These monopolies are now the Ministry of Hysteria, only allowing information that incites fear. No dignified interpretation of data is allowed. No rational approach to overcoming infectious disease is permitted. Everyone is to remain in a state of fear and control, as personal liberties are lost all across the country.
After overcoming covid-19 infection, President Trump told Americans “don’t let it dominate your life.” Trump’s strength and optimism should be embraced. Instead, social media companies are only allowing leaders to publish hysteria bout covid-19, to push for greater restrictions, to strengthen the medical police state, and to support Democratic governors who are destroying economies, livelihoods and threatening individual liberties.
Trump's tweet encourages people to face the flu season with a sense of dignity and optimism, and the data is there to support his point of view. In most populations, covid-19 is less lethal than influenza. If the discussion was allowed to continue, then we'd be able to focus in on why people die of infections in the first place, and how we can reduce viral load and protect the most vulnerable demographics. Complications, hospitalizations and deaths from any infection depend on several factors that involve the health of the individual’s immune system.
But because we are only allowed to publish hysteria online, any discussion on improving mortality rates in the elderly is buried. Any information that helps the population strengthen their immune system is banned. Any hope and dignity is censored, even if it’s posted by the leader of the free world. (Related: The mortality rate for covid-19 is falling rapidly and here's how we can improve it.)
Social media companies have enjoyed legal immunity to censor anything they want, and target anyone they please, carte blanche. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 undermines free speech by providing immunity to online platforms from civil liability based on third-party content and/or for the removal of content in certain circumstances. Facebook and Twitter algorithms are now trained to target specific subjects, eliminating discussion on topics that matter to the public discourse, trust and democracy. Facebook and Twitter have banned anything of sustenance, only to promote hysteria, panic and control.
Not long after the President was censored, he wrote: “REPEAL SECTION 230!” A repeal of Section 230 would bring honesty back to social media. Social media monopolies would be forced to define the “objectionable content” that they are targeting and disposing. This would help prevent the platforms from excluding and discriminating dissenting data, facts and points of view. Of course, these section 230 reforms would still require regular audits and a transparent process that holds social media companies accountable when they target and suppress specific people and groups, interfere in elections and silence voices of truth.