YouTube must stop policing the corona debate

Its censorship of Professor Karol Sikora is disgraceful.


Big Tech censorship is out of control during this pandemic. Social-media platforms’ determination to censor supposed ‘misinformation’ has morphed into policing the debate about the pandemic itself. While many platforms have been guilty of this, YouTube is in a league of its own. Recently, it deleted a video of two medics discussing their own testing data and arguing that California’s lockdown should be lifted. Then it deleted an interview with Knut Wittkowski, an epidemiologist who is fiercely critical of lockdowns. Now it has taken down an interview that Professor Karol Sikora, a professor of medicine and former adviser to the World Health Organisation, gave to UnHerd.

That YouTube thinks it is its job to set the parameters of acceptable debate is bad enough. All voices should be heard. But what’s particularly concerning here is that Professor Sikora is hardly a huge dissenter. He supported the UK’s lockdown; he just thinks it should now be eased. And he is generally more optimistic about the pandemic burning itself out sooner rather than later. For this, he seems to have been put into the same category as conspiracy theorist David Icke (who has also had his interviews, about 5G and associated nonsense, removed by YouTube).

The platform clearly isn’t just tackling ‘misinformation’ — it is now censoring anything that doesn’t conform to the most extreme, pessimistic, pro-lockdown line. This corporate censorship must be opposed.

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James Knight

21st May 2020 at 7:08 pm

Not only big tech. Apparently the Guardian didn’t want to publish a letter from David Hockney which pointed to the negative correlation between smoking and covid19 infection rates because it could be seen to be “spreading disinformation”.

Hilarious considering “spreading disinformation” seems to be stock in trade for the Guardian. Remember the gem from 2004 when the Guardian was reporting seriously the secret Pentagon reports on the impact of climate change. The “suppressed” report was predicting rioting, nuclear war, the UK to be like Siberia less than 20 years. The only thing missing was the 4 horsemen.

Richard Procter

21st May 2020 at 6:56 pm

It’s almost like YouTube somehow might be benefiting from this lockdown situation…

Jonathan Marshall

21st May 2020 at 6:03 pm

This is unacceptable – and deeply sinister.
Even Icke – who is clearly as mad as a box of frogs – shouldn’t have his videos removed. In both cases, let people see what these men are saying and then make up their own minds about whether or not to believe them.

Jerry Owen

21st May 2020 at 10:52 pm

David Icke hasn’t just had his videos removed… David Icke himself has been removed!

Gary Mull

13th July 2020 at 3:19 am

Under the right circumstances Icke could inspire thousands of people to join a cult on the Isle of Wight and then kill themselves. All perfectly legally.

Fair enough no one cares if Icke’s mentally subnormal fanboys die in their thousands but Youtube is under no legal obligation to host his ramblings.

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