Large Tech Companies Help Governments to Avoid Coronavirus Misinformation
Large Tech companies have been removing Coronavirus "misinformation" that goes against official announcements.
"Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, says YouTube removed a video of him talking about the virus that has racked up more than 1.3 million views", the New York Post reports.
Wittkowski has vocally opposed the response of the US to the virus. He has in particular challenged social distancing. Wittkowski has stated that social distancing allows the virus to continue on for a longer duration and is in favor of an approach that would result in "herd immunity".
The New York Post quotes Wittkowski saying he felt a lack of transparency in YouTube's policy, "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." Wittkowski said that COVID-19 was a "bad flu" which likely impacted YouTube's decision to remove his video.
The CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki told CNN "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". While many of Wittkowski's colleagues disagree with his take on the matter he still holds a mainstream opinion that has been followed by countries such as Sweden.
Facebook also said publicly that it has been working with state governments to help take down pages for anti-quarantine events for reasons similar to those of YouTube.