Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) used just one question on Wednesday to expose the absurdity of Twitter censoring medical experts who did not support the approved narrative on COVID-19 and the COVID vaccines.
During a House Oversight Committee hearing with former Twitter executives, Mace grilled Vijaya Gadde — the former general counsel and head of legal, policy, and trust at Twitter — on her justification for censoring medical experts, like Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford medical professor who was critical of COVID-19 lockdowns.
"Where did you go to medical school?" Mace confronted.
"I did not go to medical school," Gadde conceded.
"That's what I thought," Mace shot back. "Why do you think you or anyone else at Twitter had the medical expertise to censor a doctor's expert opinion?"
When Gadde said Twitter's policies, which penalized or censored anyone who bucked the government narrative, were designed to "protect individuals," Mace highlighted the amateurish nature of such policies.
"You guys censored Harvard-educated doctors, Stanford-educated doctors — doctors that are educated in the best places in the world, and you silenced those voices," she interjected.
Indeed, one of the looming questions raised when social media companies began taking action against contrarian voices during the height of the pandemic and rollout of the vaccines was how big tech companies could make judgements against bona fide experts without weighing their perspective in the same manner that happens in the scholarly world.
Because in the real world, the concerns of Dr. Bhattacharya, whose blacklisting from Twitter was revealed after Elon Musk acquired the platform, would be considered seriously by his scholarly colleagues, even if his thesis appeared prima facie absurd. Any serious interlocutor would engage him using actual data, thus either corroborating or refuting his hypothesis.
That is how scholarly dialogue works.
Before questioning Gadde, Mace revealed that she has experienced health problems that she believes stem from the COVID-19 vaccine because she only developed them after her second shot.
"I have effects from the vaccine. It wasn't the first shot, but it was the second shot that I now developed asthma that has never gone away since the second shot," she explained. "I have tremors in my left hand and I have the occasional heart pain that no doctor can explain.
"I have great regrets about getting the shot because of the health issues that I now have that I think are never going to go away," she admitted.
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