May 16, 2020
Dr. Knut Wittkowski
Big Tech companies are aggressively tamping down on
COVID-19 "misinformation" - opinions and ideas contrary to
Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology
and research design at Rockefeller University, says YouTube removed
a video (watch it at end page) of him talking about the virus that had racked up more than
1.3 million views.
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 create "herd
immunity," and that short of a vaccine, the pandemic will only end
after it has sufficiently spread through the population.
"With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the
disease is herd immunity.
About 80% of the people need to have had
contact with the virus, and the majority of them won't even have
recognized that they were infected," he says in the now-deleted
"I was just explaining what we had," Wittkowski told
The Post of the
video, saying he had no idea why it was removed.
The footage was
produced by the British film company Journeyman Pictures.
"They don't tell you.
They just say it
violates our community standards. There's no explanation for
what those standards are or what standards it violated."
In articles and interviews across the web,
he has likened COVID-19
to a "bad flu"...
That likely made him a target for YouTube, which
said in April it would be "removing information that is problematic"
about the pandemic.
"Anything that goes
against [World Health Organization] recommendations would be a
violation of our policy and so removal is another really important
part of our policy," CEO Susan Wojcicki
argument is a minority opinion among his colleagues, but still well
within mainstream thought and currently is the basis for Sweden's
non-lockdown approach to the pandemic.
however, is not a fan, with the group's executive director of health
Mike Ryan, this week calling it,
dangerous, dangerous calculation."
Rockefeller University - Wittkowski's employer for 20 years
- also released a
sharply distancing itself from him last month.
While the doctor
might have been too hot for YouTube, he has found a home at the
American Institute for Economic Research, which is currently
hosting the video online.
media, censors have been racing to limit the flow of verboten
"We have broadened
our definition of harm to address content that goes directly against
guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public
health information," Twitter said in April shortly after removing
two tweets by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
That same month,
Facebook conceded it had been
working with state governments in California, New Jersey and
Nebraska to remove pages for anti-quarantine events.
"It's the kind of
totalitarian thinking and conduct that has cost millions of lives in
recent world history.
The fact that it's being done by private
companies and not government doesn't change that," Ron Coleman, a
prominent First Amendment lawyer, told The Post.
however, says history has already vindicated his earlier position
that the old and immuno-compromised alone should have been strictly
The Post reported in March.
of all US COVID-19 deaths have been among nursing home patients and
staff, a problem that Wittkowski says was deeply exacerbated in New
York by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's March 25 executive order requiring
nursing homes to accept individuals with the virus.
He dismissed a new
order from the governor this week
requiring regular COVID testing for staff as a farce...
"Cuomo can't undo
his mistake of forcing nursing homes to take in infected people when
the horse is out of the barn," he said.
If nothing else,
Wittkowski has made a point of practicing what he preaches.
The German national
flouts New York's coronavirus restrictions, walking around his Upper
East Side neighborhood maskless and eating in underground
"We don't have to
fear anything but fear," he said.
"Wasn't that an
American who said that...?"
Ivy Choi, a
YouTube 'spokesperson,' told The Post in a statement:
remove flagged content that violates our Community Guidelines,
including content that explicitly disputes the 'efficacy' of
global or local healthy authority recommended guidance on
social distancing that may lead others to act against that
committed to continue providing timely and helpful information
at this critical time."
The YouTube Deleted