By Carl Bennett
Published: 12/10/2022- 19:39
Updated: 14/02/2023- 10:36
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British cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra has labelled Facebook an “enemy of democracy” after being suspended by the tech giant for three days following social media posts about Covid vaccines.
Malhotra shared Covid vaccine data analysis from Florida’s Surgeon General earlier this week which Facebook declared “didn’t follow our community standards”. He was subsequently suspended for 24 hours.
Florida’s Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo released new guidance for Covid vaccines last week, which included a recommendation against men aged 18-39 years taking the Covid vaccine due to apparent cardiac-related issues associated with the jab.
Ladapo’s analysis came under intense public scrutiny and resulted in Twitter temporarily blocking his post with various members of the medical community challenging his findings.
Mark Steyn speaks to Dr Aseem Malhotra
Ladapo tweeted in response "I love the discussion that we've stimulated… Isn't it great when we discuss science transparently instead of trying to cancel one another?”
In response to his suspension, speaking to GB News’ Mark Steyn show Dr Malhotra said “Facebook is an enemy of democracy”.
“The fact checking only goes in one direction.”
“Think of the number of commentators who told us that vaccines stopped transmission during the rollouts. Where were the labels of ‘medical misinformation’ then?”
This comes in light of a European Parliament Covid Committee’s questioning of Pfizer executives this week. Dutch MEP Robert Roos questioned Pfizer director Janine Small about whether the vaccine’s affect on transmission was tested prior to its rollout. Ms Small appeared to affirm Mr Roos’ concerns that it hadn’t.
Just today, Dr Malhotra received another flag from Facebook from a post made two weeks ago which prompted the suspension to be extended to three days. The post consisted of a video he had made in which he called for the Covid vaccines to be “suspended until all the raw data (from the trials) has been released for independent analysis.
British cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra
“This post is two weeks old. They’re trawling through my Facebook looking for misinformation.
“They are clearly following an agenda here.”
In Dr Malhotra’s review published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Insulin Resistance last month about Covid misinformation, he was highly critical of fact checkers and social media companies since the beginning of the pandemic.
He wrote “The so-called ‘fact checkers’ have censored anything that challenges the prevailing mainstream narrative (the establishment is trustworthy, and the vaccines are completely safe)”.
GB News approached Meta for comment who said they can not comment on cases under review.
Pfizer provided the following statement:
“The primary endpoints of our COVID-19 vaccine study were to evaluate the efficacy of the vaccine candidate in preventing COVID-19 disease in participants who had not been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus before they received the vaccine, and to evaluate potential prevention of COVID-19 disease in participants who had prior exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
To date hundreds of millions of people around the world have received the vaccine and public health agencies continue to publish real world evidence on its effectiveness.”