No More Excuses: Republicans Must Appoint An FTC Commissioner Who Will Rein In Big Tech

No More Excuses: Republicans Must Appoint An FTC Commissioner Who Will Rein In Big Tech

It was reported this week that Noah Phillips, a Republican commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, will step down in the fall. While Biden will presumably nominate his successor, tradition suggests he’ll defer to Senate Republicans — read: Mitch McConnell — for the pick. This gives the GOP an opportunity to turn the page on more than a decade of Big Tech appeasement by Republican FTC commissioners like Phillips and his predecessors.

The FTC’s historical record on Big Tech is abysmal, having rubber-stamped the anti-competitive acquisitions and predatory conduct that enabled tech platforms to become the monopolistic behemoths they are today. And conservatives increasingly believe, rightly, that their gripes with Big Tech, from censoring speech to bootlicking the Chinese Communist Party, are downstream of the companies’ market power — the absence of real competition enables bad behavior.

That’s why conservative organizations like my employer, American Principles Project, have worked with anti-monopolists from all across the political spectrum to back antitrust legislation that will empower the FTC and other bodies to check the power of these companies.

Last year, Republicans signaled their desire for change at the FTC when 21 senators crossed the aisle to vote to confirm Lina Khan as commissioner; she was then appointed to chair the agency by Biden. This rare display of bipartisanship was for one reason: Khan pledged to rein in Big Tech.

The FTC’s enforcement record when it comes to Big Tech has been awful for more than a decade. Between 2010 and 2019, Big Tech companies completed more than 600 transactions involving smaller companies, including anti-competitive takeovers of Instagram and WhatsApp. Particularly under the Obama administration, these takeovers were rubber-stamped by the FTC as a matter of course. In 2013, the FTC even closed an investigation into Google’s monopolistic power — a problem which was apparent then but has only become worse in the intervening years.

The Trump administration made some strides in antitrust enforcement, but the FTC’s record still leaves much to be desired. Consistent with Obama’s FTC’s failed policy framework, Trump’s FTC failed to block a single tech merger. Just a few weeks ago, Republican commissioners continued to vote against the first major Big Tech challenge. And now, reports are that the FTC is about to greenlight yet another tech merger, with Microsoft, the world’s second-largest company, seeking to acquire Activision, one of the largest video game companies.

On the last point, this is exactly the kind of merger where you’d expect to see bipartisan opposition. From the left’s perspective, this should be right up their alley as the supposed opponents of concentrated corporate power. As an added bonus, both companies have all sorts of woke fatwas out on them — the funniest being after Activision failed to grant enough a suitable amount of work-from-home days in response to employee demand after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision. But apart from a sternly worded letter from four leftist senators, the outcry about the deal has been fairly muted.

From the right, you’d expect to see groups sounding the alarm about the growing dominance of Microsoft, a company whose track record on China is questionable at best — from blocking words like “Taiwan independence” to deplatforming a dissident Chinese journalist to censoring Bing search results for “Tank Man” on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. (The company claims the last example of censorship only took place due to “human error.” Color me skeptical.)

Given the company’s track record of appeasing China for monetary gain, conservatives should be worried about Microsoft achieving market dominance in gaming, a critical and growing industry in both the U.S. and China. Will video games be the next vector for Chinese censorship, or will they remain an avenue for free expression and American values?

But by and large, these concerns don’t come up, at least not publicly. Big Tech companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars buying out the organizations that work in this space. For example, at least one prominent left-leaning organization, Access Now, which has been outspoken in support of antitrust legislation (bills that notably largely spare Microsoft from any impact), has said nothing about the deal. Perhaps not coincidentally, the organization has received over a million dollars in donations from Microsoft over the years.

Are other groups who would normally oppose the deal similarly situated? It’s tough to know for sure. Unlike its Big Tech rivals Facebook and Google, Microsoft is not very transparent on this question.

These Big Tech companies know that their power is safe so long as they control the five-member board of the FTC. The sad truth is that they’ve had this control for most of the past few decades. If Republicans take power again, and especially if they win the presidency, they will have the opportunity to reshape the FTC by appointing people who are actually interested in enforcing the law rather than just granting Big Tech’s every request. But even now, the GOP has an exciting opportunity with choosing Phillips’ successor. Mitch McConnell needs to get this one right.

Jon Schweppe is the director of policy and government affairs at American Principles Project. Follow him on Twitter @JonSchweppe.

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Is this the end? Yet another nail in Pornhub’s coffin: Visa withdraws payment option for ads

Is this the end? Yet another nail in Pornhub’s coffin: Visa withdraws payment option for ads

Just last week, Visa’s CEO Alfred F. Kelly Jr. announced that Visa will no longer be able to be used to purchase advertising on Pornhub, one of the world’s largest and most influential pornographic websites.

The announcement came last week on the 4th of August, local time:

“Visa cards will not be able to be used to purchase advertising on any sites including Pornhub or other MindGeek affiliated sites.”

Visa is the second-largest card payment organization, enjoying 50 per cent of the world’s market share of card payments.

Visa’s main competitor, Mastercard, made a similar announcement on the same day as Visa’s.

“We are directing financial institutions to suspend acceptance of our products at TrafficJunky [MindGeek’s advertising wing].

New facts from last week’s court ruling made us aware of advertising revenue outside of our view that appears to provide Pornhub with indirect funding. This step will further enforce our December 2020 decision to terminate the use of our products on that site.”


The dramatic news comes shortly after a range of accusations and scandals engulfed MindGeek (the parent company of Pornhub and a range of other popular porn websites), leading to the sudden resignation of top MindGeek management staff, the removal of 80 per cent of Pornhub’s content and numerous sponsors and partners withdrawing their support.

To read about earlier developments, you can view my earlier article here.

In late July, Pornhub lost all support for payment processing on its site from the major payment processing companies — MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and PayPal.

However, until last week, MindGeek-affiliated porn websites could still make money by monetising ads on its site. Due to the phenomenal daily visits to such sites, ads placed on MindGeek-affiliated sites receive billions of daily impressions. This makes them a huge potential source of income.

Child Abuse

Visa’s decision was apparently sparked by a California federal judge’s refusal to dismiss a lawsuit against both Visa and MindGeek. According to CNBC, the lawsuit accuses Visa of “knowingly facilitating the distribution of child pornography on Pornhub and other sites operated by parent company MindGeek.”

The initial Pornhub controversy blew up after a concerted campaign by anti-pornography activists. Exodus Cry, an organisation committed to fighting commercial sexual exploitation, celebrated the recent developments:

“It appears that the MindGeek exploitation empire is crumbling before our eyes.

This is a MAJOR WIN for survivors and all the allies of the #Traffickinghub movement who have relentlessly pushed to see Pornhub and their parent company, MindGeek, held accountable for profiting from the most egregious crimes imaginable.”

Exodus Cry has been at the forefront of the #Traffickinghub campaign, releasing a viral video about Pornhub in mid-2020 and promoting a petition that has received over 2.2 million signatures to date.

Praise God for the work of millions of individuals and organisations like Exodus Cry and Justice Defence Fund in tackling pornography and other forms of exploitation. Please continue to pray that the hideous and evil work of MindGeek (and other similar organisations) in entrapping and exploiting women is brought to an end.


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CDC Gave Big Tech Platforms Guidance On COVID Vaccine Censorship

CDC Gave Big Tech Platforms Guidance On COVID Vaccine Censorship

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

The right of every American to question and criticize their government is enshrined in the Bill of Rights in the First Amendment. Prohibiting dissenting views on any government institution or practice is strictly unconstitutional.

However, for the past few years many people have voiced concern about Big Tech platforms censoring dissenting views against the government, and the most common argument used by Big Tech is that they are simply a private platform that allows people to voice their views, and that the First Amendment does not apply to private corporations.

But now emails between the CDC and Google, Facebook, and Twitter have surfaced that suggest that the U.S. Government is, indeed, censoring dissenting views by influencing these Big Tech platforms, specifically in regards to the COVID-19 vaccines.

Given how deadly these experimental vaccines have been, this is a very serious matter, and I would expect more lawsuits filed in the weeks and months ahead for what appears to be a gross violation of the First Amendment and the right of American citizens to criticize and question their government, especially in regards to medical and health issues.

CDC Gave Big Tech Platforms Guidance On COVID Censorship

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave censorship ‘suggestions’ to social media companies and Google in order to censor users who expressed skepticism or criticism of COVID-19 vaccines, according to the Washington Free Beacon, which obtained a trove of internal communications obtained by America First Legal.

The emails, between the CDC, Google, Twitter and Meta staffers – some of whom (as Just the News notes) were former Hill and White House aides – were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, and show extensive cooperation which included thinly veiled threats for failing to more aggressively remove content.

Over the course of at least six months, starting in December 2020, CDC officials regularly communicated with personnel at Twitter, Facebook, and Google over “vaccine misinformation.” At various times, CDC officials would flag specific posts by users on social media platforms such as Twitter as “example posts.”

In one email to a CDC staffer, a Twitter employee said he is “looking forward to setting up regular chats” with the agency. Other emails show the scheduling of meetings with the CDC over how to best police alleged misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. -Free Beacon

In one April 2021 email between a CDC staffer and Facebook, concern was raised after “algorithms that Facebook and other social media networks are apparently using to screen out posting by sources of vaccine misinformation are also apparently screening out valid public health messaging, including [Wyoming] Health communications.”

Another email from March 2021 from a senior CDC staffer states: “we are working on [sic] project with Census to leverage their infrastructure to identify and monitor social media for vaccine misinformation.”

What’s more, one email chain reveals that a CDC official showed up at Google’s 2020 “Trusted Media Summit” conference, which was held for “journalists, fact-checkers, educators, researchers and others who work in the area of fact-checking, verification, media literacy, and otherwise fighting misinformation.”

When asked by an organizer if the senior CDC official would allow her remarks on YouTube, she declined, saying she was not authorized to speak publicly.

In the same email chain with a senior CDC official, a Google staffer offers to promote an initiative from the World Health Organization about “addressing the COVID-19 infodemic and strengthen community resilience against misinformation.” That same Google staffer offers to introduce the CDC official to a Google colleague who is “working on programs to counter immunization misinfo.” -Free Beacon

Meanwhile, Facebook gave the CDC $15 million in ad credits to use on the company’s platforms in April, 2021.

“This gift will be used by CDC’s COVID-19 response to support the agency’s messages on Facebook, and extend the reach of COVID-19-related Facebook content, including messages on vaccines, social distancing, travel, and other priority communication messages,” reads an internal memo.

As the Beacon notes, the level of coordination between government and big tech raises questions over what extent other private companies are working with the federal government in order to censor the public – including payment processors, Uber and other platforms which have banned the unwashed for wrongthink.

The revelations have also caused the New Civil Liberties Alliance to file a Thursday court document seeking to revive their lawsuit against the government on behalf of deplatformed users.

New Civil Liberties Alliance attorney Jenin Younes told Just the News it incorporated “the revelations about the CDC emails” into a filing Thursday seeking to reopen its case against the feds on behalf of deplatformed users.

federal court dismissed that litigation a month before a whistleblower leaked documents suggesting the Department of Homeland Security’s since-scrapped Disinformation Governance Board planned to “operationalize” its relationship with social media companies to remove content. NCLA cited those documents in its initial motion to reopen in June. -JTN

JTN further notes that the document dump is also likely to come into play in a lawsuit by Missouri and Louisiana AGs against the government for alleged collusion with Big Tech to censor content on the origins of COVID-19, as well as Hunter Biden’s laptop and vote-by-mail election integrity.

The feds filed a motion to dismiss two weeks ago for lack of legal standing and failure to state a claim. The AGs’ responses aren’t due until next week.

AFL’s documents show the CDC shared specific tweets and Facebook and Instagram posts as examples of content to remove, including an interview with a former Pfizer vice president, Michael Yeadon, who advised against taking “top up” vaccines, meaning boosters.

The agency inserted its own COVID recommendations into Google’s code, received $15 million in Facebook ad credits to promote its messaging, and even notified Facebook that Wyoming’s public health messages were getting throttled as misinformation. -JTN

Recall that just one day after top health officials had a conference call to discuss a Zero Hedge article which highlighted a now-withdrawn paper from researchers in India suggesting “HIV-like insertions” in COVID-19, Twitter banned our account for roughly two months – with the tech giant claiming we doxxed a Chinese scientist (with publicly available information) in another article.

Thanks to a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for Fauci’s emails, we know that the National Institutes of Health was not only aware of the Indian report, but were actively discussing how to handle it.

A January 31, 2020 email from AFP’s Issam Ahmed asks NIH immunologist Dr. Barney Graham for comment:

“I was told by a contact you may be willing to give an opinion of this paper that has just gone live. It suggests the new Coronavirus has four inserts similar to HIV-1 and this is not a coincidence,” reads the email.

Graham immediately forwards the correspondence to the Office of Communications and Government Relations (OCGR)saying “This is one we don’t want to answer without high-level input, but wanted you to know about the rising controversy.”

Two days later, Jennifer Routh OCGR replies, telling Graham: “OCGR is going to send a note to the reporter to decline, noting that the paper is not peer-reviewed. Please let us know if you receive similar requests.”

That same Sunday morning, Fauci is looped in – with Sir Jeremy Farrar forwarding Zero Hedge‘s article after mentioning how World Health Organization Director Tedros Adhanom and the organization’s cabinet chief were in ‘conclave’ – ostensibly on how to manage the narrative – noting “If they do prevaricate [bullshit the public], I would appreciate a call with you later tonight or tomorrow to think how we might take forward.”

“Do you have a minute for a quick call?” Fauci replies, after having called the Indian paper “really outlandish.”

Of course, the Indian paper was quickly withdrawn by its authors, and the notion that COVID-19 could have been man-made was rendered radioactive – for a while.

Is it any question how our Twitter (and Google) deplatformings happened, before both companies chose to reverse their decisions?

Read the full article at ZeroHedge News.

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“Pornhub is on its knees”: The behemoth porn website “on the verge of collapse”

According to Laila Mickelwait, the founder and CEO of Justice Defence Fund, Pornhub, just two years ago the world’s largest and most popular pornographic website, is on the brink of collapsing. She is urging people to “double down” in their efforts to oppose the industry.

In a recent email to supporters, Laila Mickelwait outlined some enormously positive developments in the war against porn.

In January 2020, Pornhub was the 10th most visited website on the internet — more popular than Netflix, Amazon or Yahoo. Chillingly for those concerned about the influence of Big Tech, Pornhub ranks as the third most influential tech company, behind just Facebook and Google.

But all that has changed.

As Mickelwait explains:

“By January 2022, thanks to all who have joined the #TraffickingHub movement, Pornhub took down 80% of the entire site, totaling [sic] 10 million videos, lost all payment processing (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and PayPal), lost all major corporate partners (Grant Thornton, Roku, Comcast, Xfinity, Heinz and Unilever) and became a global pariah — with thousands of media articles exposing them.”

Apparently, Pornhub is also under threat from multiple major lawsuits in both the United States and Canada. They are being investigated “for child sexual abuse material, sex trafficking, and organized crime”.

Additionally, just last month the CEO and COO of MindGeek (Pornhub’s parent company) “abruptly and unceremoniously resigned” from their positions. Simultaneously, 30 per cent of the company was sacked.

Mickelwait continues:

“It feels like we are seeing a behemoth of a corporation on the verge of collapse — and it is well deserved. As Nicholas Kristof put it from the New York Times, ‘The world has often been oblivious to child sexual abuse, from the Catholic Church to the Boy Scouts. Too late, we prosecute individuals like Jeffrey Epstein or R. Kelly. But we should also stand up to corporations that systematically exploit children. With Pornhub, we have Jeffrey Epstein times 1,000.’”

She finishes with an impassioned call to action:

“Epstein wasn’t given a slap on the wrist. He was put in prison and his companies were shut down. That is what real justice looks like. That is the kind of justice that will deter future perpetrators. Pornhub deserves nothing less.

Now is not the time to let up. It’s time to double down.”

If you want to support the work of Justice Defense Fund or find more about them, you can go to their website.


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Donald Trump Calls for Congressional Investigation into ‘Anti-American’ Political Censorship 

Donald Trump Calls for Congressional Investigation into ‘Anti-American’ Political Censorship 

Former President Donald Trump called on Congress to investigate the “anti-American” practice of censorship rampant across America’s corporations and big tech platforms.

Trump’s comments came during Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit on Saturday in Tampa, Florida. Trump said:

But I’ll talk about the next critical fight we need is for your energy to be put behind the battle to restore free speech in America. There is no such thing as a democracy that does not have free speech. We don’t have free speech anymore. We have canceled culture we have fake news media that reports certain news incorrectly.

He also called out corporate media for its biased coverage of political issues and for being “partners” with the Democrats:

And if it’s positive about the other side, they make it much better and if it’s bad about the other side, they won’t even report it. We saw that in the election where they wouldn’t report bad news about the other side. It’s a disgrace. The media has taken a place in our culture and our history that nobody ever thought would be possible. They are no longer respected.

Trump warned that if censorship continues to grow across the country, America will turn into “Venezuela on steroids.” He said:

“If debate can be silenced, if dissent can be suppressed. If conservative ideas can be systematically shut down, then very simply, we do not have a free country anymor. That’s what happened with communism and various countries. That’s what happened with Venezuela.

Trump added that “the next congress and the next president have a civic duty to be ruthless in going after this new censorship regime.”

“We have to, because if we do not destroy censorship, censorship will destroy America. Our country will rot from the corruption confusion,” he urged.

“As soon as we have the power. Congress should immediately launch a full scale investigation into the rise of totally anti American practice,” Trump declared.


Dr. Tony, Other US Officials Served In Lawsuit: Collusion with Big Tech

Dr. Tony, Other US Officials Served In Lawsuit: Collusion with Big Tech

Fauci, Other US Officials Served In Lawsuit Over Alleged Collusion

Suppressing Free Speech with Big Tech

Post by Tyler Durden | Written by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times

White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and other top Biden administration officials have been served with discovery requests after a federal judge ordered the administration to comply with discovery requests stemming from a lawsuit alleging government collusion with Big Tech.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks in Washington on May 11, 2022. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The lawsuit accuses government officials of working with Twitter and other major social media networks to suppress truthful information on multiple topics, including COVID-19.

One example outlined is how Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, held a secret meeting with scientists who soon after tried to discredit the theory that the virus that causes COVID-19 came from a Chinese laboratory. At the same time, Fauci, who has repeatedly cast doubt on the so-called lab leak theory and whose agency funded research at the lab in Wuhan, was exchanging messages with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on how COVID-19 information on social media was handled.

Fauci was told in the request to identify every worker in his agency who has or is communicating with a social media platform regarding content modulation and/or misinformation, to identify all such communications he had, and to identify all meetings he had on the matter with social media platforms.

He was also asked to provide all communications with Zuckerberg from Jan. 1, 2020, to the present, and all communications with platforms related to the Great Barrington Declaration, the COVID-19 strategy authored by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorff, and Dr. Sunetra Gupta that Fauci and his former boss, Dr. Francis Collins, criticized publicly and in private.

Discovery requests were also sent to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre; former Disinformation Governance Board chief Nina Jankowicz; Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; and agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security.


Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, the plaintiffs in the suit, also served subpoenas to Meta, Facebook’s parent company; YouTube; Twitter; Instagram; and LinkedIn.

The subpoena compels the platforms to provide documents before Aug. 17, including all communications with Jankowicz and other federal officials.

The documents reference how Jen Psaki, Jean-Pierre’s predecessor, told a briefing in July 2021 that officials are “in regular touch with these social media platforms” and that “we’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”

“We will fight to get to the bottom of this alleged collusion and expose the suppression of freedom of speech by social media giants at the behest of top-ranking government officials,” Schmitt, a Republican, said in a statement.


(TLB) published this article as posted by Tyler Durden and written by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times

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Fake Fact-Checkers Think If They ‘Repeat The Line’ About Biden’s Flawless Teleprompter Delivery, Americans Will Forget He’s Losing It

The Facebook-funded censors at are lying about President Joe Biden’s verbal slip and the White House’s attempt to cover it up.

Despite footage and audio clearly showing the gaffe-prone president saying, “End of quote. Repeat the line,” in an abortion speech last week, the fake fact-checkers claim that “Social Media Posts Misleadingly Edit and Misrepresent Biden Remarks from Teleprompter.”

The author of this particular “fact-check” took issue with some social media users, including Elon Musk, “insinuating that [Biden] is becoming senile” and “falsely claim[ing] that he mistakenly read the cues off the teleprompter.”

Their source for this “fact”? An official White House transcript that added two words Biden never said: “End of quote. Let me repeat the line” (emphasis added).

The corrupt censors also cited a direct statement from White House Assistant Press Secretary Emilie Simons, who last week tried to gaslight Twitter into believing Biden wasn’t really reading cues directly from the teleprompter.

“No. He said, ‘let me repeat that line,’” she tweeted.

Despite clear video evidence that Biden never said “let me,” Simons claimed Biden “wanted to emphasize that American women should let their voices be heard in order to reclaim our rights” and that the president often uses “similar phrases about repetition for emphasis.” took her word for it and said, “This is just another example of Biden being falsely accused of having issues while using a teleprompter.”

The “fact check” ends with an editor’s note that clearly states the article was designed to help Big Tech censor and deplatform critics of the Democrat regime.

“ is one of several organizations working with Facebook to debunk misinformation shared on social media. Our previous stories can be found here. Facebook has no control over our editorial content,” the editor’s note states.

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.


Twitter Suspends Zelenko’s Foundation Account One Day After Doctor’s Death

Twitter Suspends Zelenko’s Foundation Account One Day After Doctor’s Death

Vladimir Zelenko (C), Kevin Jenkins, and Ann Vandersteel. (Courtesy of the Zelenko Freedom Foundation)

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a Nobel prize-nominated physician who famously discovered and distributed an early treatment protocol for COVID, dubbed the “Zelenko Protocol,” passed away from cancer on June 30, 2022.

The next day, some Twitter users started taking note of the suspension of the account of the Zelenko Freedom Foundation, a group dedicated “to provide funding to social entities and social activities surrounding education, leadership development, health literacy, advocacy, public policy, social, health and community development,” according to their website.

“It is no secret that big tech abhors free speech and instead worships at the altar of Marxist collectivism and group-think. The Silicon Valley speech cartel has sunk to new lows when twitter suspended the Zelenko Freedom Foundation account less than 24 hours after the passing of Dr. Vladimir Zelenko,” co-chair of the Zelenko Freedom Foundation, Ann Vandersteel, told The Epoch Times.

She maintains that no one from Twitter reached out to verify who was managing the account.

“If they had bothered to do even the most basic of inquiries they would have learned that the account was run by the foundation, not by Dr. Zelenko. The account wasn’t established for some end around their ridiculous ban of Dr. Zelekno, the account was established to represent the interests of the Foundation, which is committed to investing in individuals and technologies that will save and extend the lives of people all across the globe,” she said.

Vandersteel thinks that the suspension of the foundation’s account was done for “no reason other than petty vindictiveness.”

“The question is, what does Elon Musk think? Does he believe in saving lives or does he want those lifesaving technologies silenced?”

Zelenko had been practicing in Monroe, New York, in 2020 during the outbreak of COVID-19, and is credited with having treated about 7,500 patients with his method.

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko
Dr. Vladimir Zelenko. (Courtesy of the Zelenko Freedom Foundation)

Zelenko could not sit back and wait for politicians and health officials to agree on prescribed treatments, so he came up with the “Zelenko Protocol”—a combination of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), zinc, azithromycin, and other drugs, including steroids, and later informed then-President Donald Trump about it via a letter.

The other co-chair of the foundation, Kevin Jenkins, told The Epoch Times that the suspension reminded him of a Martin Luther King quote:

“All we say to America is ‘be true to what’s on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privilege, because they haven’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so, just as I say, we aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around; we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around.”




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