(Natural News) 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.
The video in question was filmed in Switzerland last year and uploaded by a German YouTube user. YouTube said the video violated the platform’s policies against so-called COVID-19 misinformation. The video was deleted in late January.
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.