FTSOS Fiasco

WordPress has suspended Without Apology’s sister blog, For the Sake of Science (FTSOS). The reason, apparently, is that they asked me to edit content, which I did, but apparently I didn’t do it to their liking. I have imported all the content here for now (as well as plainly on my desktop because, God damn it, that was a scare to potentially lose so many months of work) and I have put all questioned posts (which are about naturopathy) under private until the issue is resolved. In all likelihood I will be taking my blog and its 100,000 hits elsewhere very shortly.

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  1. Is there anyway I could protest your treatment? I am pro-science and pro-reality based thinking generally and do not wish to support a blog hosting site who will censor the legitimate criticism of medical quackery- an essential public service. If WordPress is willing to go out of its way to aid and abet such dangerous charlatanry I will take my traffic, blog, and whatever revenue is generated from the ads thereon to a host that will not act to suppress the criticism of pseudomedicine. I would also try my damnedest to convince other WordPress bloggers to do the same. Hopefully WordPress has made some error. I have enjoyed my time here and would be horribly disappointed to need to move in protest. I am crossing my fingers and you have my full support.

  2. I appreciate that. I think the best course of action is to send an email to WordPress. List 495@forthesakeofscience.wordpress.com in the subject line.

    In case you don’t know the story, I called a naturopathic doctor not a doctor in one of my posts. He actually is one under Maine law. This forced me to change my wording to point out that he is one under Maine law, but that I disagree that he should be considered one using other standards (i.e., common medical standards). At no point have I said anything libelous or anything that puts WordPress at risk. It’s inanity.

  3. I just saw PZ’s post. I presume you’re well acquainted with the sitch-e-a-shun now.

  4. […] In fact, naturopaths who call themselves “doctor” devalue and diminish the term for those who have actually attained medical educations. To further quote Hawkins, these quacks “cherry-pick evidence, often lie and misrepresent facts.” For his efforts, WordPress was pressured, apparently by Quack Maloney, to edit his content followed by censoring his blog. […]

  5. […] In fact, naturopaths who call themselves “doctor” devalue and diminish the term for those who have actually attained medical educations. To further quote Hawkins, these quacks “cherry-pick evidence, often lie and misrepresent facts.” For his efforts, WordPress was pressured, apparently by Quack Maloney, to edit his content followed by censoring his blog. […]

  6. […] Maloney complained to WordPress, where Hawkins blog was located, and got them to shut it down. This does not speak well of craven WordPress; if you’re using WordPress hosting, you might […]

  7. I assume you’ve heard the story of the Emperor and his new clothes, right?

    You probably didn’t hear the original version, though. In the original version they kill the kid, and everybody rejoices.

  8. […] that the best course of action was to whinge to WordPress to get them to shut down the blog, which they did. Here’s a sample of Christopher’s claims: Parents waiting for vaccinations can provide […]

  9. And so I too have posted “Christopher Maloney is a quack” as the title of a blog post on a WordPress blog. Should I be backing up my stuff and moving to Blogger?

    Epic, fail.

  10. I’ve got a wordpress blog. I’m off to write to them now. If they don’t reinstate you, I’ll change.

  11. I do not agree with you on ND’s clearly you have little to no education in ND’S who actually heal or neural therapy, they are doctors in their own fields. Most doctors are incapable of healing, surgery aside and some drugs, busted parts, etc. if any form of medicine is quackery, it is mostly psychatry which is a peusdo-science and rules big pharma and behavior control

    with that said, after your correction that he was a doctor, wordpress should not be shutting you down. I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it, as long as it’s not hate speech.

    move to where, back to blogger. This is of grave concern to many on wordpress hosted or own hosting –

  12. […] Maloney complained to WordPress, where Hawkins blog was located, and got them to shut it down. This does not speak well of craven WordPress; if you’re using WordPress hosting, you might […]

  13. Hi Michael,
    I happen to have a reseller web hosting account on another host account. I don’t actually sell service, I just happen to have it because it’s simpler than managing my domains separately.
    If you want to put your blog on a domain, I’d be happy to create an account on it for you. No charge.
    The company that hosts my account doesn’t bend to people like Maloney. They have whistleblower accounts on there already and refuse to take them down without a court order.
    I will leave out company names so the comment doesn’t come across as spam :)
    Just shoot me an email if you want to move your blog to a local wordpress install :)

  14. […] A naturopath up in Maine is going around telling parents to give their children garlic tablets and elderberry in order to avoid H1N1. When a blogger referred to him as a quack, he successfully prevailed upon WordPress to shut it down. […]

  15. If you need some hosting, I have an unlimited hosting account. Let me know — I can easily set up a new domain with wordpress.

    -Caleb

  16. […] Maloney complained to WordPress, where Hawkins blog was located, and got them to shut it down. This does not speak well of craven WordPress; if you’re using WordPress hosting, you might […]

  17. I say you make up your own name for these ‘quacks’, let’s say ‘foctor’ (fake doctor – by which I mean someone who hasn’t finished an accreditted medical school)

    for the record, I don’t care if Maine says he can call himself an astronaut – if he hasn’t done the generally accepted amount of studying and work then he shouldn’t be able to use the title and I wouldn’t consider him one

  18. […] FTSOS Fiasco WordPress has suspended Without Apology’s sister blog, For the Sake of Science (FTSOS). The reason, apparently, […] […]

  19. […] doctor and medical researcher (pinocchio: I’m a real boy) and  both PZ and Michael Hawkins (whos wordpress blog was forcibly shut down under threat of massive lawsuits for daring to question naturopathy) didn’t bother to read […]

  20. […] and I’m therefore a little late in adding my voice of support for, was the shutting down of Michael Hawkins’ blog after he criticized a naturopath. This is what basically went […]

  21. […] than people like Steven Novella and Peasy Meyers, but he is also braver. Michael Hawkins from “For the Sake of Science” tried to criticize Maloney. A “real” doctor would have gone through this really boring […]

  22. The FDA should go after the “foctor” the way they went after Weil MD about H1N1 woo.

    Check the bloggers rights on @EFF Electronic Freedom Foundation. They often take on cases of censorship of free speech. http://bit.ly/7flnAy

    See also @EFF the protections for internet providers “Section 230” http://bit.ly/aNJMuZ . I am not sure of the interpretation of the law, but I think that because the WordPress provider asked for an edit of the information, that this may mean that they are NOW open to claims of libel for the content since they took an active role in creating the content. Perhaps that is why WordPress took down the posting.

  23. […] But Christopher Maloney is also dangerous in another respect. He tried to cut out a student, Michael Hawkins, who criticized him, pointing out that “Naturopathic medicine is pure bull”, first by demanding the student to alter the blog post, next by asking WordPress to shut down the blog, which they did!!! (see FTSOS Fiasco) […]

  24. […] The big hubbub during this month was the suspension of FTSOS. The reason had to do with Andreas Moritz and Christopher Maloney. I hardly need to go into great detail at this point, but briefly: I made a post criticizing Moritz […]

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