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YouTube removes MP’s anti-vaccine speech for ‘conflicting experts’

A speech by former Cabinet minister and Conservative leadership candidate David Davis, MP against vaccine passports has been deleted from YouTube for “contradiction[ing] expert consensus ”.

The main British politician, who served as Britain’s first Secretary of State for Brexit, delivered the speech – still available on Facebook, at least for now – at a side event for Big Brother Watch during the recent party conference in Manchester, promoting vaccination but warning of vaccination passports as “illiberal, requiring us ordinary British citizens to produce our papers to do something normal in our daily lives”.

However, Big Brother Watch, a civil liberties lobby group that focuses on resisting government excesses, reports that the speech has now been deleted from the world’s largest video-sharing platform for “medical disinformation. “.

Big Brother Watch says the tech giant “did not specify which content broke the rules,” but received a notification explaining that “YouTube does not allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict the consensus of experts from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO).

“This is a scandalous attack on free speech,” said Davis, 72, in a statement shared on the Big Brother Watch website.

“Throughout the pandemic we have seen blatant attempts by Big Tech to silence opposition voices defying conventional wisdom. This episode is yet another example of the disturbing trend to strangle freedom of expression, ”the MP continued.

“My speech at the conference was carefully researched, completely accurate and supported by the latest scientific evidence,” he insisted.

However, far from tackling Big Tech censorship, as the Polish government attempted, Davis lamented that his own party was only further eroding freedom of speech in Britain – already a kind of paper law, which thousands of people have arrested or harassed by the police for the opinions they express.

“This government will soon introduce the online security bill. This harmful legislation is nothing but a censorship charter that only gives more power to these irresponsible giants of Silicon Valley, ”Davis warned.

“YouTube’s unambiguous attempt to censor my speech is a warning. If YouTube is happy to try to silence elected MPs, then they are also happy to censor anyone who uploads content to their services.

“The government must stop the erosion of freedom of expression online. It starts with a re-examination of the totally inadequate proposals of the online security bill, ”he concluded.

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