Misinformation vs. Censorship: Who Decides What’s True? Why CA’s “Medical Misinformation” AB 2098 Is Concerning – Ask Dr. Drew

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After being slammed with multiple strikes from YouTube for “medical misinformation” violations, Dr. Drew’s account received a review from a human moderator and was reinstated. Unfortunately the reversal came too late for the highly-anticipated live interview with Dr. Robert Malone (WATCH: https://drdrew.com/8312022).

Though this is a positive step, it’s concerning that a social media uproar was the only way to get a response, especially when considering the vast number of other creators who are unable to get media attention. Most creators have no recourse when their voices are censored by big tech platform algorithms.

These events also add an alarming layer to recent news that California’s state Senate passed AB 2098, a bill that threatens doctors with disciplinary action if they share “misinformation”. Though seemingly well-intentioned, the bill’s vague terms could easily be weaponized to censor medical experts simply for disagreeing with their peers.

Who decides what is misinformation? How often throughout history has the “expert consensus” been wrong about previously-accepted medical topics like lobotomies… eugenics… opioid prescriptions… the Tuskegee Syphilis Study…? Correcting the record, years or decades later, cannot repair the damage that was done to the reputations of doctors who spoke out and were silenced.

 

 


LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE

California advances medical misinformation bill – Axios.com

Omicron boosters are coming, but they weren’t tested on people. Here’s what you need to know – Twitter.com/TIME


Ask Dr. Drew is produced by Kaleb Nation and Susan Pinsky. This show is for entertainment and/or informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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