MEP sues Youtube

Internet censorship

Published 4 July 2023
- By Editorial Staff

Christine Anderson MEP is suing YouTube for blocking video uploads critical of Astra Zeneca and others. YouTube claimed that the uploads contained “medical disinformation”, which was later proven to be incorrect.

In September 2022, Youtube blocked two uploads by German MEP Christine Anderson. Both videos were from public meetings at the European Parliament where Anderson and her colleagues addressed the Special Committee on the covid pandemic.

Among other things, they questioned the pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca on why it had failed to disclose that the covid vaccine was not as effective as claimed.

“My colleagues and I wanted to know from the representatives of the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca why hundreds of millions of people were lied to about the effectiveness of the “vaccination” with regard to infection and transmission”, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) politician writes on her website.

“And we wanted to know why multinational corporations such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Sanofi Pasteur are raking in billion-dollar profits on the one hand, but on the other hand are able to pass on all liabilities and guarantees to the governments and thus to each individual citizen.”

Threatened with permanent suspension

The uploads were taken down due to alleged “medical disinformation”, according to Anderson, and she claims that the site did not specify what exactly was “incorrect” information. In this context, YouTube allegedly threatened to take down the MEP’s account permanently if she dared to upload similar material again.

Anderson then took legal action, with lawyers confirming that Youtube was wrong to block the uploads, prompting the video giant to remove the blocks.

“However, this happened without any comment. In addition, YouTube has not yet complied with my requests to provide a definition of the so-called ‘medical misinformation’ as well as to comment in more detail on the blockings”, the AfD politician writes.

Anderson has now decided to sue the site because of this and work to ensure that it does not happen again.

“I want – also in the sense of all freedom-loving citizens – to question the censorship mechanisms on YouTube”, Anderson explains. “On the one hand, this is intended to ensure that such blockings are not repeated and, on the other hand, to establish that the previous blockings were unlawful.”

The lawsuit was filed via Anderson’s home town of Fulda, Germany.

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