Scientist says UK MPs will shut down ‘maverick thinking’ when pandemic backfires

Attempts to ban Joe Rogan or remove him from Spotify for hosting ‘Maverick’ voices during pandemic ‘backfired’, says a panel of UK MPs Told.

digital, culture, media, sports subcommittee Research on online harm and disinformation focuses on “the role of trusted voices in combating the spread of misinformation” and “enhancing the public with adequate access to reliable information on issues of public debate”. was established to consider

Charity Director Tracy Brown sense of sciencewas one of three scientific experts questioned by lawmakers on Tuesday about lessons that could be learned about disseminating factual information about COVID-19 in particular.

Mr Brown told the commission:

“But he was gathering an audience of people who began questioning how reliable the vaccine information was. In fact, he was asking a lot of questions on a lot of people’s minds,” Brown said.

She said she could have discussed with Logan about the “disposition” of some of the guests, which she said created an “opportunity” to reach an audience of 200 million.

Mr Brown said: [United] The state wrote a letter to Spotify trying to ban him. Of course, it fostered an enormous amount of conspiracy and made it very difficult for us to track, reach out and deal with. Try it. ”

Science experts need to go to the “coal fields” and “engage with the skeptics,” said Bob Ward, director of policy and communications at the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

he said: “The current regime, which relies too much on gatekeepers making bad and wrong decisions, is not serving our purpose and that is where we really need to focus.”

Mr Ward said: Frankly, can you say it can never happen here in the UK?”

“I’m not confident that it won’t happen here. And it’s better to act preemptively, learning from the dangers others have experienced, and wait for them to go bad there before saying, ‘Oh my God.’ We should have done something.”

misinformation and disinformation

Ward added: Misinformation is inaccurate or misleading information. Disinformation is misleading and inaccurate information that is disseminated specifically for the purpose of deceiving. ”

Commission chairman Damien Green asked Ward: So, we all remember the projected deaths from BSE in the tens of thousands. [Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease] And such things that turned out not to be true.

Ward replied: That is, modeling is used in scenarios where probabilities cannot be given…mostly presented by the media and other sources as if modeling is a prediction of the inevitable outcome. It means that it was done. In fact, what they were saying is that no policy can get you here. ”

Chris Smith, Clinical Director of Virology at the University of Cambridge, said: But it also breaks all existing models of responsible reporting that meant there was good curated information and editorial practices.

he said: When you say something, find a lot of people who say the same thing as you and make friends with them. So even if no one listened to you before, no one believed you, suddenly you were introduced to a huge number of people who seemed to share your opinion, It strengthens your confidence.

Smith posted on social media that he had just received the Pfizer vaccine, saying, “I just got back the schematics for the microchip that was in the vaccine and Bill Gates is now using it to control me. I received what I got,” he said. ”

He continues: So I went and checked it out. It was actually a guitar wah pedal. ”

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A patient lies on a bed in the emergency department corridor of Zhongshan Hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai, China, January 3, 2023. (Staff/Reuters)

Mr Smith said: I have been vaccinated. ”

Smith went on to explain how viruses work, pointing out that a virus called OC43 (known as the Russian flu) emerged in the 1890s. Crowd of people.

he said: And they have cold symptoms. What happens is that these things start out as dramatic splashes in the water and then as we get better friends with the virus and the virus gets better friends with us and adapts to it. , the ripples slowly subside. ”

Mr Smith said: Haven’t spent the last three years catching it. Unlike this country, where about 90% of the population has been infected more than once, no one in China has actually been infected. Everyone has it now, so it’s like it was here three years ago. ”

Chris Summers

Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a wide range of national coverage, with a particular interest in crime, police and law.