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You Tube removes recent DeSantis public health roundtable advising against COVID lockdowns

A video covering a group of prominent doctors advising against lockdowns, contact tracing and mask mandates has been removed from YouTube for "violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines."

Updated: April 8, 2021 - 3:12pm

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A March public health roundtable event hosted by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that featured reputable doctors including former White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas and the authors of The Great Barrington Declaration has been removed from YouTube for "violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines," according to Reclaim the Net.

The video garnered over 500,000 views while it was published and covered a group of panelists advising against lockdowns, contact tracing and mask mandates.

The doctors – including Drs. Sunetra Gupta, Jay Bhattacharya, and Martin Kulldorff – also called the measures harmful and said that schools should reopen for in-person learning. 

"We also talk about removing information that is problematic," YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told CNN last spring. "We’ve had to update our policy numerous times associated with COVID-19."

While the video was taken down from one channel, the video remains available on NBC 6 South Florida's page.

YouTube's parent-company, Google, along with Facebook and Twitter have adding misinformation warnings and removed posts that violate company guidelines including some related to coronavirus health-safety measures.