December 27 – Apparently the FBI isn’t the only government agency that allegedly attempted to regulate the big tech companies.
Dr. Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for the US Department of Health and Human Services, gave a speech last May to a national trade group of medical providers where she suggested they go after social media platforms for spreading what her department called misinformation about gender affirming care.
Since the video was released over the weekend, she’s gotten a bit of pushback for that stance.
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “It’s emerged that Rachel Levine is going in front of medical students and encouraging them to put pressure on tech companies to hide information about gender affirming care that doesn’t go along with Rachel Levine’s I think warped idea that gender-affirming care is the only thing you can do. Meaning you can’t even do talk therapy to help kids who are gender confused.”
Recently, Sweden has come out to say they will no longer follow the procedures advocated by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH).
Jansen said, “They’ll no longer follow their activist, they say it’s very clear now to them that these are activists and not medical-based and that they’re not going to be using these experimental, in their words, techniques to help youths with gender confusion, but will rely on traditional psychotherapy for the most part.”
Attorney Clint Barkdoll added, “She (Levine) did say that the government needs to address misinformation on these social media platforms and free speech advocates from the left and the right have immediately come out criticizing her comments, saying she’s a government official. It’s not in her place to tell these social media platforms what they should or shouldn’t be posting. This plays very much into the Twitter debate that people have been having the last few weeks and beyond. It makes you wonder are there other speeches and videos that we’ve not seen that might now still be coming out?”
Jansen said, “I’ve heard that she’s given a similar speech to medical students across the country when she’s given the opportunity. Just to tell you how crazy WPATH, the group that she listens to is, in their latest recommendations they want them to remove all lower age limits for this experimental hormones and surgery for children, meaning you can be doing it to very young children and they wanted the inclusion of eunuch as an innate gender identity. This is what pushed Sweden over the edge. They’re like no, it’s clear these people are not scientific and we’re seeing the bad results of the stuff we’ve been doing with young people, people de-transitioning now saying they didn’t get the help that they really needed.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “And suing the doctors the doctors.”
Jansen said, “That’s thankfully starting to happen here, too. They’re starting to sue doctors here, too.”
Barkdoll said, “It’s one thing for her to make these comments to groups, but I think where the controversy is from a legal standpoint is she is a government agent and to be telling or saying you as social media companies, you need to moderate or ban or censor certain types of information, there’s where you’re getting into First Amendment realms because again this is a government actor speaking to groups, encouraging this kind of behavior.”
Ryan said, “Remember this was a speech before Twitter was taken back and they started pulling back the curtain on what’s happening between the FBI and Twitter and the White House. She was running without a net. What the heck did she care? She can start pushing these censorship ideas out there. It seems to be working for everybody. Right up until Elon stepped in and thank God he did.”