An epidemiologist's video criticizing the nation's current lockdown approach to fighting coronavirus has been removed by YouTube as part of the tech giant's ongoing effort to crack down on all COVID-19 opinions contrary to the government's recommendations.
The video had amassed more than 1.3 million views.
Dr. Knut Wittkowski is the former head of biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design at Rockefeller University and has been consistently warning that social distancing will only prolong the existence of the pandemic, not defeat it.
"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 said in the now-deleted video.
Wittkowski's argument was deemed "a really dangerous, dangerous calculation" by World Health Organization executives, despite it echoing the earlier sentiment of "flattening the curve," which was aimed at preventing overwhelming hospital resources.
Still, his opinions have earned the ire of big tech executives who are working with both federal and state governments to eliminate the spread of "misinformation" 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," YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told CNN.
? Although it has been officially banned from YouTube, the video can be found at the American Institute for Economic Research.