German court orders YouTube to pay “historically high fine” for censoring video of anti-lockdown protest

A court in Germany has ordered YouTube to pay a “historically high fine” of 100,000 euros ($118,000) for removing a video of a protest against restrictive Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns.

YouTube was ordered to put the video back online in mid-April but did not do so until several weeks later as the platform attempted to argue that the video violated site policies. The delay in complying with the order to restore the video escalated matters. It prompted the German court to issue YouTube the “historically high fine” for the “deliberate and serious” delay.

The Higher Regional Court of Dresden in the state of Saxony in eastern Germany handed down the sentence against YouTube on July 5. The court ordered the company to pay the 100,000 euro fine more than a year after the violation.

A recent report from YouTube showed that the company removed more than 11 million videos for supposed COVID-19 misinformation in the second quarter of 2020 alone, nearly doubling the six million it removed in the first quarter.

German court orders YouTube to pay “historically high fine” for censoring video of anti-lockdown protest

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