Tuesday, November 30, 2021

YouTube not an arbiter of ‘medical truth’: Australian senator

An Australian senator has called Sky News Australia’s suspension of YouTube “alarming”, saying the platform’s previous efforts to moderate COVID-related information were ultimately wrong.

In early August, online video-sharing giant YouTube suspended the popular conservative channel for a week from posting on its platform over alleged publication of “COVID-19 misinformation”.

The tech giant said the decision was based on local and global health guidance, which Sky News challenged, saying the standards were “subject to change”.

South Australian Senator Alex Antic said Big Tech platforms see themselves as “arbiters of free speech and medical truth” and that this is a risk to democratic societies.

“In a free society, we should be able to freely discuss ideas, events, and the fact that a foreign company has censored Australian news from these platforms is indicative of the issues facing our democracy, ‘ he told The Epoch Times.

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Liberal Senator Alex Antic of South Australia delivers his first speech in the Senate Room at Parliament House on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Canberra. (You image / Lucas Koch)

“We know Big Tech has been wrong in the past; why should we believe they did it right this time?” He added. “At the beginning of the pandemic, YouTube removed videos claiming that the virus had leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, and the now accepted consensus is that this was true.”

“People often say that if we don’t like these big tech platforms, we should just move to another platform. The problem is that these corporations have such a monopoly that it is very difficult to do so,” he said. “The answer to how this issue is to be addressed is not simple and requires further investigation.”

Alex Wake, president of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, said it was concerned that the tech giant had the power to “cut off free speech”.

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“That said, I think it sends a strong message about the need for Sky News to do something about their content. However, I don’t think it will make any difference to their broadcast,” she told The Epoch Times. “It will probably only encourage more people to tune in.”

Wake noted that popular conservative Sky News host Alan Jones had his column closed Commentary about COVID-19 and protests against the lockdown, by News Corp-owned The Daily Telegraph.

In fact, differences over COVID science and the veracity of the lockdown have led to a schism within conservative ranks, including Jones and radio host Ray Hadley. war of words in recent weeks.

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Alan Jones speaks during the Ampuni (Mercy) Vigils at C3 Church, for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan for Toungabi, who were on death row in Indonesia, on February 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Cole Bennett/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, tech entrepreneur and star of business reality program Shark Tank Australia, Steve Baxter, lambasted YouTube, but acknowledged that current Australian laws do not provide enough protections to deal with Big Tech’s control of content.

“I think from freedom of speech (from the perspective) that they’re just mugged. It’s going to end in a very bad way for them, and it’s only a matter of time and how far it goes,” he told The Epoch Times. Told.

“We have very few rights provided by the Constitution, and the courts override them in anyway they see fit,” he said. “So, to be honest, we probably need a legal remedy.”

Currently, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is leading the government’s efforts to regulate Big Tech.

The ACCC is conducting a comprehensive, five-year investigation into the impact of the Silicon Valley giant on Google’s (YouTube’s parent company) market dominance of search, browser and ad tech services.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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