Florida video of Ron DeSantis and a panel of scientists apparently trading in Covid-19 inaccurate information has been released on YouTube.
The video of DeSantis' popular interview last month at the state Capitol in Tallahassee was removed on Wednesday because it violated the rules of the social media platform, said YouTube spokeswoman Elena Hernandez.
It was featured in the news story of the Tampa television station and its removal was flagged by the American Institute for Economic Research, a "free market" think tank based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
"YouTube has clear policies surrounding the Covid-19 medical information to support the health and safety of our users," Hernandez said in a statement. "We have removed the AIER video because it contains content that contradicts the agreement of local and international health authorities regarding the effectiveness of the mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19."
Hernandez said YouTube only allows videos "that violate our policies to remain on the podium if they contain enough content in education, documentation, science or the arts."
"Our policies apply to everyone and focus on content outside of the speaker or channel," Hernandez said.
DeSantis News Secretary Cody McCloud called the move by YouTube "another clear example of Big Tech's attempt to silence those who do not agree with their rising corporate agenda."
"YouTube said they removed the video because it 'contradicts the agreement of local and international health authorities,' but the submission was led by doctors and doctors from Oxford, Stanford and Harvard, all of whom are eligible to discuss the global health problem," McCloud said. "Good public health policy should incorporate a variety of scientific and technological know-how, and YouTube's decision to remove this video is undermining productive discussions of these complex issues."
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University, one of the scientists on the board, said this was "a policy forum, where it should take into account the benefits and costs of the policy (concealment of children) when decisions and recommendations are made."
"The closure of YouTube for our conversation is against American freedom of expression," the professor said in an email. "It is also a violation of the basic principles of scientific ethics, which opposes the closure of wrong ideas and requires free exchange of ideas."
Earlier, AIER's director of programming Jeffrey A. Tucker highlighted an article Wednesday on the tank's website that YouTube investigated DeSantis and scientists called it a "recent attack on public health data."
Many public health experts, however, have blamed Bhattacharya and other panel scientists and DeSantis - former Trump White House coronavirus adviser Drs. Scott Atlas; pathologist Sunetra Gupta; and Drs. Martin Kulldorff - for disseminating false information on public health. NBC News has also reached out to Tucker, Atlas, Gupta and Kulldorff for comment.
NBC News did not see the video before it was removed. Tucker first reported its removal.
But based on a text provided by YouTube, participants seemed to be playing a role in platform standards when DeSantis asked if children at school should wear masks and Kulldorff replied, “Yeah, kids should not wear masks, no. They don’t need to protect themselves, and they don’t need to protect themselves and other people. ”
Within minutes, Bhattacharya stepped in, stating that wearing a mask “is not good for development and does not help the spread of the disease.”
"There's no scientific idea or idea of kids wearing masks at school," Atlas said six minutes later.
That language has also appeared in a text posted by Tucker and his essay.
Those claims contradict the recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advises that "people two years of age and older should wear masks in public places and among those who do not live in their homes."
The World Health Organization's recommendations are more comfortable for younger children, but children 12 and older “should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults.”
All the scientists in the video but Atlas are the signatories to The Great Barrington Declaration, which was sponsored by AIER and opposed the lock and said the public would build a herd defense against Covid-19 if all people over the age of 70 “resume life as usual. ”
Atlas, a radiologist, not an epidemiologist, strongly criticized wearing a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Many of the world's leading scientists have denounced Barrington's Great Declaration as "dangerous and unsubstantiated." And later, former President of the Donald Trump Trump of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield, was led by NBC saying of Atlas, "Everything he says is a lie."
Trump officials have embraced that notion, like DeSantis, who has been criticized by public health experts for not immediately closing the state and opening up the state immediately. Most of the deaths and Covid-19 deaths were recorded in Florida after DeSantis visited Trump at the White House last April and earlier, as it happened, announced his victory over the virus.
As of Friday, Florida reported more than two million Covid-19 cases and nearly 35,000 deaths since the outbreak began, according to the latest NBC News figures. It also has the tenth highest rate of Covid-19 infection in the country, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.