For John, BLUF: Information wants to be free and those who make decisions in our stead are messing with that internet meme. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The New York Post, by Jon Levine, 16 May 2020.
Here is the lede plus three:
Big Tech companies are aggressively tamping down on COVID-19 “misinformation” — opinions and ideas contrary to official pronouncements.No, this doesn't seem to be a First Amendment violation, unless the government is "back dooring" us, but it still goes against the old internet saw that "information wants to be free." It is an insult to free men and women everywhere to muzzle people because their views differ from yours.
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 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.
If we can't trust YouTube on this, how can we trust them on anything, including a video on how to swap out your car battery?
Regards — Cliff