Major Blow To YouTube Germany Censorship…Court Orders Reinstatement Of Removed Corona-Critical Videos

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Outrage over YouTube censor of Corona and government-critical videos made by dozens of leading German actors.

“YouTube is no Truth Commission”…court rules against social media giant.

Original image cropped from allesaufdentisch

Dozens of prominent German actors have banded together as part of the “allesaufdentisch” (everything on the table) freedom of expression campaign to demand a more open discussion on the Corona virus and the controversial government policies, rules and regulations. Their statements were posted in the form of short videos on YouTube.

In the recent months, views critical of government Corona policies and vaccines have been suppressed by the major media.

“Increasing concern” over political actions

At their allesaufdentisch site, the group of leading actors, performers, artists state: “We are watching the development of political action in the Corona crisis with increasing concern. Many experts have not yet been heard in the public Corona debate. We would like to see a wide-ranging, fact-based, open and factual discourse and also an equally wide-ranging discussion of the videos.”

Each actor posted a YouTube video criticizing the current suppressive policies. See background here.

YouTube takes down critical videos, citing “totally vague” reasons

Not surprisingly, YouTube has since moved and taken down some of the videos, citing totally vague reasons such as “violating community guidelines.”

Yesterday German national leading daily Bild below reported on YouTube’s controversial removal of the videos:

According to the Bild journalist Filipp Piatov, three of the “allesaufdentisch” videos had been removed by YouTube. This immediately sparked an outcry on overzealous limits on freedom of expression.

No specific reasons

On why YouTube blocked the videos, Piatov comments the reasons provided by YouTube were “totally abstract” and “vague”: “I asked YouTube yesterday, and asked them for clarity and what is concretely the violation. And so far there’s been no reply,” said Piatov. “The artists don’t know why these videos were removed. We’re talking about them being bluntly silenced.”

New dimension of legal violation by YouTube

The group of actors and actresses have hired high profile Hamburg attorney Joachim Steinhoefel, who tweeted his reaction to YouTube’s removal of the film and failing to cite specific reasons for the move. In his tweet, Steinhöfel calls YouTube’s move “the sad opposite” of democracy and that he sees “a new dimension of legal violation by YouTube”.

What’s especially upsetting is that some of the videos taken down were interviews with leading experts, who legitimately pointed out recent, gross errors made by the government institutes. “Harmless videos that were simply deleted,” Bild’s Piatov notes.

False facts no grounds for removing videos

When asked if the videos indeed contained controversial content justifying removal, Piatov said there was none, adding “A false fact is not reason for a deletion.” Otherwise, many video statements made by government authorities would need to be taken down as well.

YouTube “no Truth Commission”

“YouTube is not a factchecking platform, not a Truth Commission that gets to decide what’s right and what’s wrong,” said Piatov. “Who is YouTube? Is it a University? Is it a panel of virologists who sit and watch all these videos and say this one, from the 100 million that got uploaded, we’re going to delete?”

Court rules against YouTube

The latest reports is that prominent Hamburg Internet media attorney Joachim Steinhoefel, representing the group of actors, has since convinced a German court to order YouTube to reinstate the removed videos. More on that tomorrow.




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13 responses to “Major Blow To YouTube Germany Censorship…Court Orders Reinstatement Of Removed Corona-Critical Videos”

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  3. David A

    What authority does the judge have? We’re any of the videos put back up?
    The statist trend is to ignore the court orders, appeal and practice lawfare while carrying on your objective. Hopefully this will be different.

  4. John

    I just read the article, How did you think I got here?

  5. Tom

    Thanks from the US for fighting this censorship. Without free speech and alternative thinking, we are doomed.

  6. Deuce

    I needed to brush my teeth. And for whatever reason there was a pistol right next to the bathroom sink. And while I had many toothbrushes in the drawer, all of which were made for the purpose, and specially suited to my preferences, I chose to brush my teeth with the pistol. Because it was right there and easiest to see. Then it went off in my mouth. Now I’m suing the pistol manufacturer.

    Here’s a f@#$#g spoiler alert, don’t brush your teeth with a pistol and don’t ever attempt to communicate relevant or truthful information on YouTube. Both are equally unsuitable for the purpose. But if you do just understand you’re not a victim of anything, you’re just an idiot. You got the exact outcome you should have known to expect. Good for Germany but how serious is this really? Those Actors were clearly too stupid to be listened to anyway

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  12. James Walter

    Youtube accussed me “hate speech” in several videos, most importantly this one which is now on Rumble: https://rumble.com/vlw7f3-911-lies-disproved-in-5-minutes.html. There is absolutely no hate speech. I live in Vienna, Austria. Do you have the name of the firm that successfully beat Facebook? Do they want more work? How expensive? How do I contact them?

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