Two Oxford scientists have skewered Fb, claiming the corporate is engaged in anti-democratic censorship by flagging their article on mask-wearing “false info.”
Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr. Tom Jefferson authored a paper known as, “Landmark Danish Research Exhibits Face Masks Have No Important Impact.” They based mostly the article on a examine accomplished in Denmark during which 6,000 people had been divided into 2 teams — half carrying masks outdoors their properties and half not carrying masks. In line with the examine, the an infection price for mask-wearers was 1.8%. The speed for many who did not put on masks was 2.1%.
The examine known as the outcomes “inconclusive,” however the 2 Oxford medical doctors went additional, saying, ” … evidently any impact masks have on stopping the unfold of the illness locally is small.” That was sufficient for Fb to step in and name BS, slapping a warning on the article and including that it was “checked by unbiased fact-checkers.”
Professor Heneghan railed on Fb, saying, “I am conscious that is occurring to others — what has occurred to tutorial freedom and freedom of speech. There’s nothing on this article that’s ‘false.'”
Dr. Jefferson informed the Each day Mail, “It’s censorship and it is among the causes we face a world meltdown of free pondering and science.”
On the scientific entrance, the examine didn’t handle what seems to be an undeniable fact … that masks do cut back the unfold of COVID-laced droplets and that is simply frequent sense … if somebody who’s contaminated wears a masks it is tougher for the droplets to flee into the air.
That mentioned, as regards to censorship, that is precisely what critics have been screaming however few have cared to hear … to make Fb the gatekeeper of the data we obtain is fraught with peril. It assumes Fb can inform us what to consider all the things from auto restore to most cancers … at the very least, that is what critics cost.