YouTube has taken down a video by epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski where he denounced strict lockdown orders. Wittkowski is no quack, he is the former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University. In his viral video, Wittkowski made the case that the only thing that stops respiratory diseases, like COVID-19, is herd immunity.
From the New York Post:
“Wittkowski, 65, is a ferocious critic of the nation’s current steps to fight the coronavirus. He has derided social distancing, saying it only prolongs the virus’ existence and has attacked the current lockdown as mostly unnecessary.
Wittkowski, who holds two doctorates in computer science and medical biometry, believes the coronavirus should be allowed to achieve “herd immunity,” and that short of a vaccine the pandemic will only end after it has sufficiently spread through the population.”
Dr. Wittkowski’s video had been viewed over a million times before YouTube censored it. He told the Post that YouTube gave no reason for taking his video down other than it violated their community standards.
Not only did YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki tell CNN last month that her company would immediately remove all content that went against the WHO, the company also removed two other widely viewed videos in April of two California doctors who stated the data they amassed did not confirm lockdowns had any beneficial effects.
During late March, Twitter and Facebook also took down videos and posts by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro where he talked up the use of the anti-Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and called for an end to social distancing.
Do we really want social media executives, employees and their algorithms to be overlords of the kind of information that we may want or even need? Having an un-appointed or un-elected elite ascribe to the rest of society the kind of knowledge people should have while, at the same time, expecting us to obey? I think not, and (thankfully) it looks like there will be backlash against social media company censorship if it hasn’t gotten underway already.