Conservative MP David Davis accuses YouTube of censoring him

‘An outrageous attack on freedom of expression’: Conservative MP David Davis accuses YouTube of censoring him after video of his speech outlining vaccination passport concerns was removed

  • Former Brexit Secretary speaks at an event at the Conservative Party Conference
  • In a 12-minute speech last week, he claimed that Covid certificates were ‘non-liberal’.
  • YouTube removed footage claiming it violated its medical misinformation policy


Conservative MP David Davis accused YouTube of censoring him after a video of a speech outlining concerns about vaccination passports was removed from the site.

Old Brexit At the Conservative Party Conference last week, the secretary spoke of his ‘unliberal’ views as Covid certificates demand that ‘an ordinary British citizen produce our newspapers to do something normal in our daily lives’.

The 11-and-a-half-minute clip was originally uploaded by Big Brother Watch, the campaign group hosting the fringe event where Mr. Davis spoke.

However, YouTube later removed footage of the conversation, claiming it violated its ‘medical misinformation’ policy.

In a notification email sent to Big Brother Watch, the platform said: “YouTube does not allow claims about COVID-19 vaccines that contradict the consensus of local health officials or the World Health Organization (WHO) experts.”

Mr. Davis called YouTube’s claims about the speech “potentially defamatory” and argued that the speech was “totally true”.

“Sometimes we get the wrong search,” a spokesperson for Google, which owns YouTube, told MailOnline.

Conservative MP David Davis accused YouTube of censoring him after a video of a speech outlining concerns about vaccination passports was removed from the site.

Big Brother Watch said that it has never received such a sanction from any social media platform before and will appeal the decision.

The video was later reinstated earlier this week.

Mr Davis, MP for Haltemprice and Howden, said: “This is an outrageous attack on freedom of expression.

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen blatant attempts by Big Tech to silence dissenting voices that defy conventional wisdom. This episode serves as another example of the alarming trend suffocating freedom of expression.

My speech at the conference was carefully researched, completely accurate and backed by the latest scientific evidence.

‘This Government will soon bring up the Online Security Act. This malicious piece of legislation is nothing more than a censorship statute that only gives more power to these irresponsible Silicon Valley giants.

“YouTube’s blatant attempt to censor my speech is a warning. If YouTube is happy to silence elected Members of Parliament, it is also happy to censor anyone who uploads content to its services.

‘The government must stop the erosion of freedom of speech online. It starts with a look again at the completely inadequate proposals in the Online Safety Act.’

After the video was shot, David Davis angrily took to Twitter.  It has since been reinstated

After the video was shot, David Davis angrily took to Twitter. It has since been reinstated

Big Brother Watch Legal and Policy Officer Mark Johnson added: “The removal of David Davis’ brilliant speech at our civil liberties event is a serious act of censorship from a platform with a growing history of restricting freedom of expression.

‘YouTube has become increasingly intolerant of the controversy surrounding the pandemic.

If a Member of Parliament and a human rights group can be censored by YouTube, anyone can be censored too.

‘The government is doing nothing to combat online censorship, but continues to exacerbate the problem with broad rules in the new Online Safety Act that restrict legal speech.

“This should be a wake-up call to politicians that freedom of expression in the digital world is under serious threat.”

A spokesperson for YouTube owner Google said: “The flagged video was suspended for a short time, but was immediately reinstated after review.

“We are rapidly removing flagged content that is flagged as violating, including COVID-19 content that clearly contradicts the expert consensus of local health authorities or the World Health Organization.

‘With millions of hours of video uploaded to our site every day, we sometimes make the wrong call.’

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