Last week @SarahBethArnold asked about YouTube Kids and I responded that it's far less curated than NetFlix or PrimeVideo, so buyer beware. I did a quick search for examples and stumbled across a video by a scientist with 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry who chose not to vaccinate his children. Interesting! I watched it. How I Shut Up My Doctor About Vaccines.
His point was vaccines stimulate the immune system, giving rise to autoimmune diseases like allergies. He had a startling graphic from a recent study showing the incidence of many diseases for vaccinated children, which were many times higher than in unvaccinated kids. He had a professor from University of British Columbia very articulately warning against scary things vaccines contain.
Here's the thing: there are almost 2,000 comments on YouTube about the video and almost all seem to be from people with good intent, who want to keep children safe. They believe the video but not their doctors.
Curious and willing to think he may have a valid concern about stimulating the immune system, I looked more deeply into him and his sources. He didn't cite sources so it was hard to track key things down, but I'm pretty sure he isn't a scientist who worked in pharma. He's an online minister and prepper with a Patreon page to support his ministry. The study was a discredited online survey from mothers who homeschool. The professor at UBC had retracted his paper and said he didn't know how his images got reversed.
And yet in the face of a tsunami of evidence pointing to the effectiveness and safety of what seems to be one of science's greatest achievements, videos like this win for many well intentioned people. How do you feel about this? Is there something YouTube should do or just let free speech run its course?