YouTube Removes Prof Knut Wittkowski Video

YouTube Content Removed COVID-19

YouTube removed a video featuring Prof. Knut Wittkowski, the former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University. The video was produced by Journeyman Pictures and published on April 3, 2020 as the second episode in a series titled “Perspectives on the Pandemic.” The video had received approximately 1.3 million views before it was taken down. Wittkowski told the NY Post:

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.

The video was likely removed because Wittkowski voiced opinions that contradict the recommendations of the World Health Organization. About two minutes into the video, he says:

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, or they had very, very mild symptoms, especially if they are children.

Of course, as usual, the video is available on AltTech:

Sources / Relevant Material

  1. New York Post "YouTube censors epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski for opposing lockdown" by Jon Levine (16 May 2020)
  2. Reclaim The Net "YouTube deletes video of anti-lockdown epidemiology researcher Knut M. Wittkowski after millions of views" by Cindy Harper (16 May 2020)
  3. Archive of video page on YouTube
  4. Archive of "Perspectives on the Pandemic" playlist page