Climate censors – Santa Barbara News-Press
Who does Facebook trust to censor?
A doctorate degree from France.
Frenchman Emmanuel Vincent has launched a group he calls “Back to Climate”. It performs “a new kind of fact-checking.”
It is sure that it is new.
I posted a video in which some climatologists argue that climate change is not a “crisis”. They believe that people can adapt to changes in temperature.
Twenty-five million people watched the video.
But now Facebook won’t show it to you because Emmanuel Vincent suddenly called it “partially wrong”.
Vincent would not accept an interview. Neither do most of his “examiners”. Only one, Patrick Brown, assistant professor at San Jose State, accepted an interview.
Professor Brown doesn’t like my video to suggest America can adapt to rising sea levels by building sea walls and doing other things like Holland.
This is “not the dominant opinion,” he says.
Dr Brown says sea level could rise 200 feet.
“You cite an extreme,” I said. “The IPCC does not consider this to be probable.”
“I don’t know if they estimate sea level rise up to a thousand years,” he replies.
No. Of course not.
In a thousand years we may have machines that consume carbon.
It’s absurd that Facebook is letting Climate Feedback censor me for something that could happen in 1,000 years.
My video also challenged the claim that hurricanes have gotten stronger.
“Misleading viewers,” Climate Feedback said.
But on this, reviewer Brown said my video was accurate! “It is not true that you have been criticized for saying that,” he said. “The IPCC (does not claim) that (hurricanes)… droughts… floods are increasing. “
Dr Brown later emailed us, saying that “the problem is the omission of contextual information rather than ‘facts’ that are ‘wrong’.
Oh. Climate Feedback’s “fact-checking” was not about real facts.
“It’s a tonal thing,” Dr. Brown told me.
Facebook is censoring me because climate alarmists don’t like my “tone”.
I appealed, asking Facebook to remove the flawed “fact-checking”.
Perhaps one day, skepticism about climate change as a “crisis” will prove to be insane. But we don’t know today. This is a question that deserves debate, not censorship.
Someone should respond to climate alarmism because people are terrified.
“Children are afraid of drowning,” I tell Dr. Brown. “Young adults don’t have babies because they think climate change will end the world! “
Dr Brown admitted that many people are too scared.
“I get emails: ‘Is it worth having a child… in this terrible world that is going to be destroyed by climate change? I’m so afraid of starvation in my lifetime! ‘ I just respond and say, the reports don’t say that.
But his email responses are not enough. We need Facebook to make videos like mine reach millions of people.
But Vincent doesn’t want that. And, surprisingly, Facebook lets him decide.
This is the second time his group has messed me up. Last time they didn’t even watch my video!
The worst part for me is that Vincent’s slander means that Facebook is now showing all of my videos to fewer people.
It hurts. Of the 25 million people who watched my climate video, 24 million watched it on Facebook.
“I’m sympathetic to what you say,” says Dr. Brown. “At the same time, I like the idea of having some type of system where the content can be compared to what the experts think.”
Emmanuel Vincent says he hopes to expand his group and also censor YouTube and Twitter. He wants to make sure people are afraid of climate change.
“What is going on with groups like Climate Feedback,” says Dr Brown, “they look at the emissions and nothing is happening, politically speaking. … They develop this prejudice: “We really have to check something that goes against the story!
Climate Feedback’s “fact-checks” sometimes also criticize alarmism, if it is truly absurd, such as the New York Magazine cover story, “Uninhabitable Earth.”
But as I told Dr. Brown, “There were three times as many fact-checks on the skeptics as there were on the fear-mongers. “
“This is wrong,” he replied. “They should check out the alarmist side as well. “
They should. But they don’t.
Vincent and Climate Feedback do not want a debate. They want to silence the debate.
Facebook lets them do it.
John Stossel is the author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media”. For other Creators Syndicate writers and designers, visit www.creators.com.
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