Image source, Big Brother Watch Image caption, MP David Davis was filmed s ' addressing a meeting at the Conservative Party conference
YouTube reversed its decision to remove a video of David Davis arguing against Covid passports, following criticism from the ex-minister.
According to Big Brother Watch, the platform -shape said Davis' speech at the five Conservative Party conferences violated his policy on "medical information ".
Mr. Davis said his remarks were "relatively correct " and YouTube's actions were "an outrageous attack on free speech ".
YouTube said the video was "immediately restored after review ".
A spokesperson for the company said: "We promptly remove reported content that violates our community guidelines, including Covid-19 content that explicitly contradicts expert consensus from local health authorities or from the World Health Organization.
"With millions of hours of video uploaded to our site every dayor, sometimes we make the wrong call.
In his speech last week at a meeting on the sidelines of a conference in Manchester, Mr Davis said he was "a strong supporter of immunization " and that He had received both doses himself.
However, the veteran of the civil liberties campaign strongly attacked the proposals to introduce vaccine certificates, arguing that they "looked like to an illiberal government ”.
'Worrisome trend '
He also argued that vaccine passports give people a "false sense of security " emphasizingthan vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant could still pass the virus on to others.
Campaign group Big Brother Watch uploaded the clip of Mr Davis speaking, but then received an e - notification email from YouTube explaining that the video had been removed from the side.
In an email to the organization, YouTube said it "does not allow claims about vaccinations against Covid-19 which contradict the consensus of experts from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO) ".
Mr. Davis said: "Throughout the pandemic we have seen blatant attempts by Big Tech to silence opposition voices challenging conventional wisdom.
" This episode is another example of the disturbing trend towards spec choke.
"If YouTube is happy to attempt to silence elected MPs, so they are also happy to censor anyone who uploads content to their services. "
He urged the government to stop " the erosion of freedom of expression "by reviewing the proposals in his online safety bill.
Mark Johnson, legal and policy manager at Big Brother Watch, said that although YouTube now had reinstated the video, "it is clear that freedom of expression online is in jeopardy.