Eugyppius in the Guardian
The Center for Countering Digital Hate appears to be coordinating a broader pressure campaign against Substack for platforming "anti-vaccine figures."
I am pleased to announce that my humble blog has been featured in the Guardian, alongside Berenson, Malone and others. It’s an obvious pressure campaign on Substack, coordinated with the Washington Post attacks against Alex Berenson. There’s a lot of hand-wringing and speculation about earnings, and even a direct link to my piece on Maximum Vaccination, where – they complain – I state that “vaccines don’t suppress case rates at all.” Very out-there, as claims go, I know.
The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), “an international not-for-profit NGO that seeks to disrupt the architecture of online hate and misinformation” appears to be behind the effort. From the article:
Imran Ahmed, chief executive of CCDH, said companies like Substack were under “no obligation” to amplify vaccine scepticism and make money from it. “They could just say no. This isn’t about freedom; this is about profiting from lies … Substack should immediately stop profiting from medical misinformation that can seriously harm readers.”
I think Substack will hold firm, but you can always find me on Telegram, if my blog disappears here. But, I’ve also backed up the entire subscriber list, and I will keep writing in any case.
I have started a new company, it’s the Center For Countering the Center for Countering Digital Hate.
Eugyppius - we are all leaving Substack if they start censoring writers here. Nearly all of us migrated over from the Little Bird when it got too evil. And migrate away from Substack we will if they do this.