Last night on HBO‘s Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher slammed social media companies for their “outrageous” efforts to filter out theories that COVID-19 may have come from a Wuhan lab, which in recent months, is being taken more seriously after developments have led the Biden administration to begin to investigate the claim.
“Facebook banned any post for four months about COVID coming from a lab. Of course now, even the Biden administration is looking into this,” Maher said to his panel of guests. “Google — a Wall Street Journal reporter asked the head of Google’s health division — noticed that they don’t do auto-fill searches for ‘coronavirus lab leak’ the way they do for any other question and the guy said, ‘Well, we want to make sure that the search isn’t leading people down pathways that we would find not authoritative information.’
“Well, you were wrong, Google and Facebook!” Maher insisted. “We don’t know! The reason why we want you is because we’re checking on this s—!”
“He said, ‘We want to ensure that the first thing users see is information from the CDC, the WHO — that’s who I’m checking on! The WHO has been very corrupt about a lot of s— and the CDC has been wrong about a lot of s—. This is outrageous that I can’t look this information up!” Maher added.
“China does bad things,” Maher said after claiming that there is “nothing political” about wanting to know how the pandemic started. “Liberals don’t want to say anything because [the Chinese are] Asian and [the liberals] don’t think very clearly about this, so they conflate it with anti-Asian hate crimes here. It has nothing to do — one has nothing to do with the other.”
The late night host then criticized YouTube for removing Bret Weinstein’s podcast that discussed a possible coronavirus treatment drug ivermectin.
“YouTube should not be telling me what I can see about ivermectin,” Maher declared. “Ivermectin isn’t a registered Republican, it’s a drug! I don’t know if it works or not and a lot of other doctors don’t either.”
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