Cancel Culture Doesn’t Fly in Germany: Court Fines YouTube For Censoring Lockdown Protest

Dresden Higher Regional Court in Germany fined YouTube 100,000 euros (around $118,000) for removing a video of a coronavirus lockdown protest in Switzerland in 2020.

Back in April 2020, the Court ordered YouTube to restore the video but they ignored the ruling for nearly a month before complying on May 14. The Court found YouTube’s action a “deliberate and serious violation.”

According to, the Dresden court did not accept YouTube’s explanation that the Covid protest video had to be removed based on the company’s “medical misinformation policy.” This new policy, introduced at the start of wide-spread coronavirus (mis)information suppression on major social networks, at the time wasn’t even properly incorporated into YouTube’s own rules that form a “contract” with channel owners.

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