HBO host Bill Maher criticized social media and search engine companies for suppressing and blocking stories about the origins of the coronavirus over this past year, specifically the lab leak theory.
"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 Friday during a panel discussion on his show Real Time.
The liberal host accused big tech companies of going out of their way to block any information about the lab leak theory.
"Google — a Wall Street Journal reporter asked the head of Google's health division — [the reporter] noticed that they don't do auto-fill searches for ‘coronavirus lab leak’ the way they do it 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 to be not authoritative information,” Maher said.
"Well, you were wrong, Google and Facebook!" he said.
"He said, 'We want to ensure the first thing users see is information from the CDC, the WHO' — that’s who I'm checking on!" Maher continued, saying search outlets should allow people to research and fact-check claims and guidance from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The WHO has been very corrupt about a lot of s***, and the CDC's been wrong about a lot of s***. This is outrageous that I can't look this information up!"
The host then said social media companies were continuing to censor content surrounding “this drug ivermectin.”
“They threw Brett Weinstein off YouTube — or almost threw. He’s one strike away,” Maher said.
He added: "YouTube should not be telling me what I can see about ivermectin. 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."
“Outrageous.” @BillMaher railed against Facebook and Google for banning and suppressing content about lab leak. “You were wrong, Google and Facebook....The CDC’s been wrong about a lot shit, this is outrageous that I can’t look this information up.” #RealTime pic.twitter.com/28dwaQGz9W
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) June 26, 2021
Earlier in the discussion, Maher addressed a relationship of sorts between Democrats, Silicon Valley, and China.
"China does bad things," he said before listing the country's most recent controversies. "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."
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