Two Oxford scientists have skewered Fb, claiming the corporate is engaged in anti-democratic censorship by flagging their article on mask-wearing “false data.”
Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr. Tom Jefferson authored a paper known as, “Landmark Danish Research Exhibits Face Masks Have No Vital Impact.” They based mostly the article on a examine executed in Denmark during which 6,000 of us had been divided into 2 teams — half sporting masks exterior their properties and half not sporting masks. In response to the examine, the an infection fee for mask-wearers was 1.8%. The speed for individuals 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 in the neighborhood 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 impartial fact-checkers.”
Professor Heneghan railed on Fb, saying, “I am conscious that is occurring to others — what has occurred to educational freedom and freedom of speech. There’s nothing on this article that’s ‘false.'”
Dr. Jefferson instructed the Each day Mail, “It’s censorship and it is among the causes we face a world meltdown of free considering and science.”
On the scientific entrance, the examine didn’t deal with what seems to be an proven fact … that masks do cut back the unfold of COVID-laced droplets and that is simply widespread 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 knowledge we obtain is fraught with peril. It assumes Fb can inform us what to consider all the things from auto restore to most cancers … no less than, that is what critics cost.