A legal victory against Youtube censorship of website that questions Covid narrative

From ReclaimtheNet, October 13, 2021,by Didi Rankovic

German court rules YouTube’s censorship of COVID measures criticism was “unlawful”

“The censorship machinery” of YouTube’s monopoly overstepped the boundaries set by the rule of law, court rules.

A group of German artists skeptical and critical of the government response to the COVID pandemic and promoting conversations around the topic, active online under the #allesaufdentisch (literally, “everything on the table”) hashtag, sued YouTube for deleting their videos – and won in court.

Here is their site: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3D7t67AEmhyne7Ol2DE6nw

The two videos that got removed by the Google-owned giant consisted of interviews artists had with scientists and they did not take the censorship lying down but opted for legal action against YouTube.

The Cologne Regional Court has now found that the removals were illegal, ruling in the plaintiff’s favor with two preliminary injunctions, ordering YouTube to restore the videos.

In making the decision, the court touched on the long-time and core problem that creators are facing on the platform: seemingly arbitrary and unclear rules, that are then enforced without much, or any explanation.

The case was brought on by actor Volker Bruch and director Jeana Paraschiva, while the videos featured interviews with mathematics professor Stephan Luckhaus and neurobiologist Gerald Huther.

The Cologne court found that there was no justification to delete them, while court documents announcing the ruling, seen by the Bild newspaper, cite nebulous language used by YouTube to “explain” the move – the channel owners received the standard note saying they had violated (unspecified) guidelines, and that the conversations contradicted “the consensus of experts” about COVID vaccines.

But YouTube failed to explain what those featured in the videos said that was specifically problematic. The giant would not provide an answer to this question when quizzed by the newspaper, either.

The court, for its part, said its judge was unable to verify that YouTube’s rules had been violated – considering that the company did not state which parts of the videos and statements made were allegedly guilty of this.

Lawyer Joachim Steinhofel reacted by saying that the court made it clear that “the censorship machinery” of YouTube’s monopoly overstepped the boundaries set by the rule of law.

Back when they announced the lawsuit, Bruch and Paraschiva said that their goal was to allow conversations to take place, because this is a characteristic of democracy – while silencing their voices is “the sad opposite of that.”

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"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity ... the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This immaturity is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the [European] Enlightenment. "Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large part of mankind gladly remain minors all their lives, long after nature has freed them from external guidance. They are the reasons why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as guardians. It is so comfortable to be a minor. If I have a book that thinks for me, a pastor who acts as my conscience, a physician who prescribes my diet [or vaccine], and so on--then I have no need to exert myself. I have no need to think, if only I can pay; others will take care of that disagreeable business for me. Those guardians who have kindly taken supervision upon themselves see to it that the overwhelming majority of mankind ... should consider the step to maturity, not only as hard, but as extremely dangerous. First, these guardians make their domestic cattle stupid and carefully prevent the docile creatures from taking a single step without the leading-strings to which they have fastened them. Then they show them the danger that would threaten them if they should try to walk by themselves. Now this danger is really not very great; after stumbling a few times they would, at last, learn to walk. However, examples of such failures intimidate and generally discourage all further attempts. "Thus it is very difficult for the individual to work himself out of the immaturity which has become almost second nature to him. He has even grown to like it, and is at first really incapable of using his own understanding because he has never been permitted to try it. Dogmas and formulas [e.g., Leftist ideology, identity politics] these mechanical tools designed for reasonable use--or rather abuse--of his natural gifts, are the fetters of an everlasting immaturity. The man who casts them off would make an uncertain leap over the narrowest ditch, because he is not used to such free movement. That is why there are only a few men who walk firmly, and who have emerged from immaturity by cultivating their own minds." - Kant, "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment"

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