IS CRITICAL THINKING BEING SUPPRESSED? 

Posted by Deb Williams - Editor on May 21, 2020 - 10:54pm

IS CRITICAL THINKING BEING SUPPRESSED? 


What Exactly Is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.


Ban Anything That Upsets The Status Quo 

Over the last few years, YouTube has made headlines with its incessant banning of videos and de-platforming of influencers’ accounts causing loss of income and online presence. Last year, Youtube de-platformed a myriad of ‘alt-right’ and so-called ‘conspiracy’ groups and removed these channels from the video streaming site. 

Youtube also started targeting cryptocurrency content creators and YouTubers who operated channels that discussed bitcoin and other digital assets. In late 2019, YouTube officials removed a massive number of cryptocurrency video channels for very little reasoning. The company typically just tells the person that the channel had “violated community guidelines.”

This week Bitcoin.com was also censored for sharing a video about their bitcoin mining pool. Bitcoin.com’s YouTube account was given one strike for allegedly “violating community guidelines”. This begs the question,  “Who or what consists of their so-called community?” 

When YouTube, the online video-sharing platform first started back in 2005, it was a community of people sharing ideas and fun videos with very little moderation and censorship. Now it’s looking more like the Ministry of Propaganda.  For the last three months, YouTube, now under the ownership of Google, has taken part in historic amounts of censorship regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki said that any videos that were in opposition to the World Health Organization (WHO) narrative of the COVID-19 outbreak would be removed.  

Subsequently, Wojcicki’s ruling was carried out as many videos were banned that portrayed another opinion or fact that went against the WHO narrative regarding the ‘official’ coronavirus data. YouTube and Wojcicki decided to shelter the public from progressive ideas and data that just may have some truth in them because it went against the authorities. 

Since the beginning of this virus and the panic it has caused, we now have proof as more research is taking place from many respected scientific think tanks, and epidemiologists are now trying to tell the public that the lockdowns were very irrational. 

Despite the proof, Youtube has banned a number of videos that go against the ongoing fear-mongering narrative. When a video was posted on Youtube that featured Dr. Daniel W. Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi from California, the video got 5 million views before it was removed. 

 

Youtube also banned a video called “Plandemic,” which featured Dr. Judy Mikovits soon after it was published on the online video sharing platform. Youtube, however, does allow videos that rebut Judy Mikovits, Daniel W. Erickson, and Dr. Artin Massihi’s narratives. The company has no issues allowing rebuttals that stay on course with the fear-mongering narrative.

Whatever the veracity of the doctors’ claims, YouTube’s censorship of unorthodox ideas in the name of protecting the public from misinformation is misguided and counter-productive. Sheltering the public from ideas, even bad ones, only makes society more susceptible to dangerous error. Knowledge is power and surely we should be able to think for ourselves and have the ability to investigate.

 

Across social media, censors have been racing to limit the flow of information that questions these new laws imposed. Facebook also conceded it had been working with state governments in California, New Jersey, and Nebraska to remove pages for anti-stay-at-home protests events that are popping up all over the platform. 

Ron Coleman, a prominent First Amendment lawyer said in a recent interview. 

“It’s the kind of totalitarian thinking and conduct that has cost millions of lives in recent world history. The fact that it’s being done by private companies and not government doesn’t change that.” 

 

The former head of biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design at Rockefeller University, Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, recently told the public that Youtube had banned his video that went against the lockdown, and over-reaction narrative after it gathered more than 1.3 million views. 

Wittkowski, who holds two doctorates in computer science and medical biometry, believes the coronavirus should be allowed to create “herd immunity,” and that short of a vaccine, the pandemic will only end after it has sufficiently spread through the population.

“With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity. About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus, and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected,” he says in the now-deleted video.

Wittkowski told The Post, saying he had no idea why it was removed. 

“I was just explaining what we had...They don’t tell you. They just say it violates our community standards. There’s no explanation for what those standards are or what standards it violated.”

Dr. Andrew Kaufman’s videos were also removed when he spoke out against the stay-at-home narrative and the data spread by people like the epidemiologist Neil Ferguson dubbed Professor Lockdown who broke his own rule after convincing Prime Minister of the U.K. Boris Johnston to enforce the stay at home rule. 

 

YouTube’s Latest Target

Now Youtube has banned one of Bitcoin.com’s videos for sharing information about their mining pool. The video removal was based on the company’s “sale of regulated goods” policy and the video allegedly went against “community guidelines.” 

The Bitcoin.com account was given a single strike, which gives the account a one week probation period. Two to three strikes could lead to far worse restrictions against the Bitcoin.com account that merely shares information and resources about cryptocurrency solutions. 

Bitcoin.com’s CEO Mate Tokay has spoken out against the Youtube censorship in a tweet letting the company and Wojcicki know they have been immoral, irrational, and illogical. 

 

Censorship tends to manipulate reality and it has engendered evil numerous times over the course of history. Social media platforms are private companies and they can impose any restrictions they choose, but what they choose to censor seems to be agenda-driven and in line with the status quo of authoritarianism. 

 

Critical Thinking Not Allowed

YouTube seems to ban videos that allow for critical thinking. Cryptocurrency is one sector that gains grassroots attention and makes people think critically. Censorship and the fact they allow fake news and propaganda certainly unveil the true colors of YouTube that it just may not have the best interests of the global community in mind.  

YouTube has banned videos that question the ‘official’ COVID-19 statistics because people are now realizing that a virus with a 99% survival rate isn’t as devastating as we first thought. As they scurry to remove the videos as soon as they emerge, it’s too little too late as millions have already seen them and the information that may just deliver a different point of view or perhaps even the truth. 

As FEE.org explains, “Youtube’s censorship of dissenting doctors will backfire.” By taking down the videos, YouTube has limited the extent to which that social learning can happen and insulated the error from debunking. If anything, YouTube’s censorship has lent additional credence to whatever mistakes they made by feeding into the narrative that the powers-that-be fear its truth. The debunking is being drowned out by outrage over the censorship. And the Streisand Effect (how censorship can boost something’s publicity) is causing it to spread even more.

As more people realize and get sick and tired of the tech giants’ antics the more they will migrate to other platforms that do want to genuinely help people understand and change the world, giving back freedom of choice and allowing citizens to think for themselves. Once upon a time, there was nowhere else to go but now things are changing.  

 

Image credit: observatory.tec


Markethive Encourages Critical Thinking

We have a future here where we can operate on a platform of decentralized data, a platform that advocates self-sovereignty. Markethive is a next-generation Social Market Network, built on the Blockchain that has positioned itself as a complete ecosystem for Entrepreneurs. 

Incorporating its cryptocurrency consumer coin (MHV), it provides prosperous solutions for all business owners, marketers, commercial artists, etc, who require an online presence ensuring privacy, and autonomy along with no measures in place to ban you, terminate your account or censor your content.

Markethive's foundation is built upon integrity, transparency, and autonomy. As we live in a not so perfect world, there is always negativity, topics, and opinions that individuals may not agree with or even find offensive. You will have the ability to filter your newsfeed and block any, what you consider, unsavory characters, or content, remembering your newsfeed is your property. There are no corporate officials deciding for you. That gives people the right and freedom to choose for themselves who they wish to communicate with what they wish to see. There is a saying “Live And Let Live” and I consider these wise words.

 

Markethive’s Design And Vision

Markethive is a decentralized, autonomous, fluid environment which includes manifestations of intellectual achievements, social habits, innovation, music, literature, technology, commerce, and the arts. A central “hub” built using blockchain technology, is designed to encourage “reciprocal interchange” of ideas, knowledge, or skills as well as providing for exchange, sales or purchases of goods, services, and commodities. 

This premier hybrid social network includes news feeds, blogging platforms, video channels, chat channels, groups, image sharing, link hubs, resume, profile page, with additional platforms for ecommerce and digital news site. 

But more than a social network, Markethive has also delivered  “Inbound Marketing tools” like broadcasting, capture pages, lead funnels, autoresponders, self-replicating group tools, traffic analytics, CMS, and more. This is provided for free to you and what’s more, you are paid for learning and using the platform. Markethive’s focus is on the rights of the people and providing a user-friendly, rewarding solution that is so much in need of right now. 

 

Markethive Is About To Start Its Engines

Markethive is in BETA at the moment as engineers are working tirelessly to implement all facets of this monumental system that caters to the entire worldwide market of entrepreneurs. That includes small businesses, local businesses, regional businesses, global businesses, cottage industries, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, affiliate marketers, software innovators, musicians, churches, political platforms, political candidates, distributors, network marketers, innovators, and dreamers! 

The engine power that Markethive has will make this a goliath in social media, inbound marketing, cryptocurrency, ecommerce, and digital media distribution. 

Many systems within the platform are up and running now and as we near the completion of the Markethive wallet we are continuously growing as more people become aware of who and what we are and stand for. Intrinsically, Markethive gives the power back to the people. It has been built for the people, by the people and is of the people. We will reach that moment when the whole world will notice as we rise up as a giant voice of the ENTREPRENEUR! 

Join us at our weekly webinars for updates on Sundays at 10 am (mountain time) Markethive Weekly Meeting Link - meet.google

 

ecosystem for entrepreneurs

 

Reference: Bitcoin.com
 

Deb Williams
A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept, and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

Thanks Dep, yes it is, the Google consumer controls everything and only allows things that are positive for the company. It is good that there are market ethics, it is a company that is a good solution for everyone. The Sunday seminars are a good thing, unfortunately they cannot be understood by people who do not speak English.
It would be good if a description of how to start and what to do would be available in a blog or on the respective object for people to copy and translate.
Many cannot do anything with the videos. Thank you for the super Info.
May 21, 2020 at 11:47pm
You over deliver each time Deb! Let's get the engines running and unleash MH's culture code. Swiped!
May 22, 2020 at 12:33am
The engines will run
May 22, 2020 at 12:41am
Awesome post as always Deb...thanks
May 22, 2020 at 12:53am
Very Eye Opening
May 22, 2020 at 1:38am
Thank You Deb the hard work to compose these informative parts about - not yet found them in this - Thanks for kindly gathered in one the all contents in great blog. God Bless your hard job You done, and God Bless All in Markethive.
May 22, 2020 at 1:46am
Great article Deb.
May 22, 2020 at 2:14am
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May 22, 2020 at 9:05am
Awesome info thanks Deb
May 22, 2020 at 9:58am
Definitely, critical thinking is being supressed but people who really want to express their qualified opinions have still the possibility. And you know, Deb, exactly, what I am speaking about. You writ " Markethive has will make this a goliath" Yes, and for this task if needs all the active ,experienced and honest members.
May 22, 2020 at 10:03am
Terrific post Deb - it's encouraging to read Markethive gives the power back to the people thanks to the decentralized blockchain providing self-sovereignty, privacy and autonomy with no censorships in pace to shadow ban you or terminate your account.
May 22, 2020 at 10:12am
Deb once again a very enlightening article. I didn't realize that Youtube had begun sensoring the content of information being loaded on their site. This gives us an example of what can happen when a single person with an agenda can do. With spiritual guidance things can always be regulated with discussion and prayer. It may take some time but is very fruitful by my experience. Thank you again for the enlightenment.
May 22, 2020 at 11:37am
Markethive is quite a vision that has emerged and is beginning to explode. You have brilliant people like the writer Deb Williams. Explore her many posts to get just a small overview of the "Giant in the Making" that is Markethive. Thanks Deb. We at Markethive are lucky to be associated with you.
May 22, 2020 at 11:53am
Great Article, Deb. Power to the people.
May 22, 2020 at 12:22pm
Every word is true. I believe youtube will go down eventually.
May 22, 2020 at 1:16pm
Thanks Tom for given us the light
May 22, 2020 at 3:16pm
Thank you Deb for another outstanding article.
May 22, 2020 at 11:35pm
Dumbing down society and controlling independent thought is a tool of socialism and communism. It has no place in a free society other than as example of what not to do.
May 23, 2020 at 12:26am
I know we are in the right place.
May 23, 2020 at 2:27am
Critical thinking should be allowed.
May 23, 2020 at 3:47am
Thanks
May 23, 2020 at 8:45am
good article thanks
May 23, 2020 at 8:53am
Edited 5/23 at 8:54am
Another great article Deb thanks..
May 23, 2020 at 9:11am
yes
May 23, 2020 at 9:12am
Great article, Deb
May 23, 2020 at 10:08am
Good Information as usual Deb, and the answer may lay it the ownership in YouTube perhaps as to why things are changing just an opinion you never know.
May 23, 2020 at 11:03am
Fantastic article, Deb. Thanks for going the extra mile required to gather such useful information and sharing it with us.
May 23, 2020 at 8:00pm
Yah ! good understanding of what other may think of you,a nd ban it away
May 24, 2020 at 7:48am
Thanks , this article has changed my mind set.
May 24, 2020 at 9:19am
Critical thinking has been suppressed for many years. As soon as a child emerges into this world the conditioning begins, First, by unsuspecting parents who are only transferring the information they gathered from so-called "authority figures" whom they believe have only good intentions. This is then reinforced by education, the government, peers, and the media. It is no surprise that what was once a creative, inquisitive, courageous being has been transformed into a benumbed adult ever so willing to accept the "ordinary" as the norm. It is time to awaken to our primal powers which we have forgotten are there, and emerge to rediscover our greatness and relighting a lamp grown dim. Thanks so much for this informative article which will awaken many to rediscover who they really are.
May 24, 2020 at 1:55pm
Edited 5/24 at 1:57pm
This is worth waiting for.
May 24, 2020 at 6:38pm
Fantastic article, Deb. Thanks a lot
May 25, 2020 at 4:40am
First class article thank you very much Dep
May 25, 2020 at 4:48am
GOOD BLOG .
May 25, 2020 at 6:14am
nice article
May 25, 2020 at 10:56am
Thanks, Dep nice blog
May 25, 2020 at 5:34pm
Great thoughts. I agree 100%.
May 25, 2020 at 6:48pm
This is one of my favorite Posts and so True
May 25, 2020 at 6:53pm
I felt like this for years that our rights disappearing one by one. Thank you for your detailed study.
May 26, 2020 at 4:48am
yes is right
May 26, 2020 at 5:43am
Thank you Deb, this is an important share :)
May 27, 2020 at 2:19am
thanks for info
May 27, 2020 at 4:58am
Deb, very nice and informative blog. You have great insight about the values instilled on all MarketHive Members and potential newbies. Thanks for sharing.
May 27, 2020 at 10:24pm
This is awesome. It has great impact on intellectual development
May 27, 2020 at 10:30pm
This is awesome. It has great impact on intellectual development
May 27, 2020 at 10:30pm
It is a shame that some people in power abuse it.
May 27, 2020 at 10:32pm
Thanks for sharing Deb. Very good!
May 28, 2020 at 2:42am
good article thanks
May 28, 2020 at 4:52am
Thanks for the article.
May 28, 2020 at 9:02am
thanks for article
May 28, 2020 at 10:38am
Excellent article Deb always enjoy everything that you write
May 29, 2020 at 11:52pm
Good article Deb
May 30, 2020 at 12:47am
thanks
May 30, 2020 at 5:30am
Write a comment...Nice art
May 31, 2020 at 3:00pm
Super
June 1, 2020 at 2:23am
Thanks for the nice information.
June 1, 2020 at 4:46am
good article thanks
June 1, 2020 at 6:54am
Deb, mi opinión es que existen intereses de por medio, lo demás son escusas injustificadas.
June 13, 2020 at 2:59am
very good, be happy
June 13, 2020 at 3:27am
thanks good article
June 13, 2020 at 4:18am
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June 13, 2020 at 5:29am
Great info thanks
June 15, 2020 at 3:28pm
ths
July 4, 2020 at 10:02pm
So sad to see that critical thinking is being suppressed because of fear... my opinion,
July 19, 2020 at 8:38pm
good written
July 20, 2020 at 5:18am
Edited 7/20 at 5:19am
thanks
July 20, 2020 at 5:20am
Wow
July 23, 2020 at 11:26am
It's amazing
July 23, 2020 at 11:26am
super article thanks
July 27, 2020 at 5:50am
This censorship has also spilled over into Twitter, only we have the 'woke' generation of college graduate idiots dictating politically correct language, and anyone who disobeys their their narrative or questions it gets mob stalked, loses their job, labeled a racist and all kinds of other horrible names, and basically destroy their online reputation. They are silencing college campuses across the US, and only the left; EXTREME left is being heard. No one else dares to speak up for fear of dire consequences in doing so. We are coming to a crossroads to where if we don't do something about it, we will no longer have free speech as a given right of our creator.
August 9, 2020 at 4:59am
Edited 8/9 at 5:00am
Thanks for sharing this story. It's wonderful.
September 13, 2020 at 8:06pm
Awesome once again Deb, Thanks for sharing as each, and everyone of us here plays an intrical part in Markethive as we continue to move this company forward to the next generation platform.
September 14, 2020 at 12:54am
This is an excellent article. Thanks a lot.
September 14, 2020 at 5:02pm
Awesome! As a freedom lover I am so thankful that I found Markethive.
September 29, 2020 at 11:34am
great article, Deb, it contents news to overread again sometimes. Thanks for your great job shared with Us. God Bless You and Markethive.
September 29, 2020 at 12:32pm
God bless you and Markethive
September 29, 2020 at 1:01pm
Have an awesome Tuesday too.
September 29, 2020 at 4:29pm
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September 29, 2020 at 4:33pm
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