Monopolists are closing the gate on free speech. It’s time to fight back. Action Alert!
Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media sites are aggressively clamping down on free speech, and those who seek to educate the public about natural health are paying the price. Powerful organizations determining the “quality” of information—and throttling access to information and/or experts deemed “low quality”—is the stuff of dystopian nightmares, but is in fact the reality we are living in. We must fight back against this wave of censorship.
This censorship comes in several different forms. We at ANH, for instance, raised the ire of Pinterest when we posted truthful information about the HPV vaccine. Those posts were removed by Pinterest because they were deemed to violate the site’s “misinformation policy.” Pinterest went on to explain that it relies on information from the CDC and WHO to help determine if content violates their guidelines, but if government health authorities become the sole arbiter of what a “false cure” is, then we’re in big trouble. The implications should be obvious: is any treatment that isn’t FDA-approved a “false cure”? Is a doctor who doesn’t toe the line of mainstream medicine and the orthodoxy of the American Medical Association pedaling “false cures”?
Google, which controls 90% of the market for online searches, is also aggressively censoring content. Google used to rank pages primarily by popularity; for the most part, the more clicks your site got, the higher your Google ranking—that is, the higher your site showed up on a relevant Google search. But in this age of censorship, all that has changed. Google is now manually lowering the rankings of undesirable content with the help of third party “quality raters.” These quality raters visit websites and, as their name suggests, evaluate the quality of a website. Raters then send this information to Google engineers who update their algorithm to throttle content that is deemed of low quality.
The changes to Google’s core algorithm are having dramatic results. Google traffic to Mercola.com, the site of famed natural health advocate Joseph Mercola, MD, fell an astonishing 99% over the span of a few weeks after the algorithm changed.
Censorship of natural health is also occurring on Wikipedia, the free internet encyclopedia. Our friends at ANH-International point out that Wikipedia articles promoting natural, non-drug therapies have been targeted for deletion or manipulation. Scottish diabetes expert Dr. Malcolm Kendrick’s Wiki page has been deleted because his views on cholesterol and heart disease don’t match up with mainstream narrative. Visit the diabetes page on Wikipedia, and you won’t find any information on the efficacy of certain diets in tackling type 2 diabetes because those references have been removed by skeptics lest the public learn about non-drug interventions for that illness.
What does all of this mean? Those who challenge established medical orthodoxies are targets for censorship. It will be much, much harder to educate the public about important scientific information relating to our health. It means that monopolistic organizations like Google have a stranglehold on what information can reach the public and what gets buried. It is far too much power for a handful of executives at Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and other sites to wield.
Every totalitarian dictator throughout history is a testament to the fact that the unrestricted flow of information is paramount in a free society, and we relinquish this freedom at our own peril.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and urge them to protect free speech and to curb the rampant censorship that is occurring at the hands of a few monopolists. Please send your message immediately.