A doctor who served under the Trump White House and is a fellow in health policy at a prestigious university has come out against censorship of medical research and dissenting opinions on social media outlets.
Dr. Scott Atlas is a fellow at Stanford University in health policy and was an advisor on the White House Covid-19 task force in 2020.
During an interview with the Epoch Times, he said that censorship led to unnecessary death during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Beyond that, Atlas expressed concern over the erosion of civil liberties, including free speech, that happened in the wake of the pandemic.
Atlas discussed the implications of the Twitter Files, where it was shown that the government was coordinating with Twitter employees to censor content on issues ranging from January 6th to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Files showed that the vast majority of the time, when a government official requested that content was censored on Twitter, Twitter employees complied.
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When discussing censorship, there are often “vague implications” on the effects of that restriction. But by censoring medical science and health policy, “you are killing people,” Dr. Scott Atlas firmly stated in an interview that aired on Newsmakers by NTD and The Epoch Times on Dec. 28.
“Censorship of the correct science and medical information, during this pandemic, absolutely killed people. It prevented people from making intelligent decisions. It prevented people from making the appropriate use of caution,” Atlas alleged of Twitter censoring doctors such as himself.
Furthermore, Atlas charged, Twitter’s censorship was particularly “harmful” and “shocking” because the United States was founded on freedom.
“This kind of censorship was, in my view, unheard of in the United States,” Atlas stated. “It’s reminiscent of everything that we, as a free society and democracy, abhor about countries that are authoritarian, like China, the former USSR and now Russia, North Korea.