How Facebook applies science.
Blacklists are back and Facebook’s got ’em! Facebook is now warning its users that it will punish them if they repeatedly link to peer-reviewed science papers that document the long known harmful effects from improper mask use.
Facebook is warning users against sharing a study that found dangerously high carbon-dioxide intake in masked schoolchildren, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics. “Pages and websites that repeatedly publish or share false news will see their overall distribution reduced and be restricted in other ways,” the warning says when users paste the link on Facebook, before confirming they want to share it.
It’s giving the same warning and threat of account restrictions to users who paste a link to Townhall.com article on a University of Florida lab that found dangerous pathogens on children’s face masks, submitted for testing by their parents. [emphasis mine]
Apparently, Facebook’s “‘fact-check’ simply highlight[ed] disagreements between the scientist who conducted the test and other scientists who did not conduct the test. … Instead of acknowledging that more study would resolve the dispute, [Facebook] call[ed] the report false. That’s not science — that’s propaganda.”
The second study about the number of very bad pathogens that gather on masks used during a single day was already discussed by me in an earlier post. That study found that after a single day of use,
Half of the masks were contaminated with one or more strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with one or more strains of meningitis-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. In addition, less dangerous pathogens were identified, including pathogens that can cause fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, strep throat, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more.
All found on the mask you put on your face and breathe through.
The first study had been in my queue but not yet posted. It found that making children wear masks for hours guaranteed they were breathing carbon dioxide at levels at least three times the limits set by law, if not much higher.
The authors tried out various masks, including KN95 respirators and surgical masks, on 45 healthy children ages 6-17 in southwest Germany. The room was “well ventilated several times” for each experiment, with CO2 content of ambient air kept under 0.1% by volume.
The first 3-minute measurement gauged “baseline” unmasked CO2 levels. The next 3-minute intervals were for CO2 content in “joint inhaled and exhaled air,” inhaled air only and exhaled air only.
Two thousand parts per million of CO2, or 0.2%, is the limit for closed rooms under German law, the study said. The child with the lowest CO2 level was three times higher than this limit, while one 7-year-old was measured with 25,000 parts per million. [emphasis mine]
These results are not surprising, as they are merely confirming more than a century of past research, which is why until last year its was routine for government health agencies to strongly advise against wearing masks nonchalantly, especially if you have health problems.
Facebook however has now decided that it will determine what its users can and cannot say or what research they can or cannot link to, making that company the epitome of totalitarian thuggery. It is simply none of their business. That this big social media seems to think it has the right to decide these things for everyone makes it possibly the winner of this year’s control freak award. Or maybe not, as the competition for being the number one control freak in America appears quite fierce these days.
Regardless, why is anyone still using this website? If you say you need it to keep in touch with relatives than you are making excuses for laziness. No one is stopping you from picking up the phone, emailing them, or simply getting in your car and going to visit. Facebook (or any website) certainly should never be the sole way humans interact. And considering its behavior, it most certainly should not be used by anyone decent or a supporter of free speech.
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