YouTube briefly deleted the account of Novara Media, an independent left-wing media whose journalists have appeared on the BBC and other television networks.
Novara said it had been canceled “without warning or explanation”.
But YouTube told BBC News they made a “wrong call”.
Earlier this month, a video by David Davis MP arguing against Covid passports was also removed and restored from the video streaming site.
YouTube said: “The Novara Media channel was briefly removed, after being reported, but after the review it was immediately reinstated.”
“We work quickly to review all reported content, but with millions of hours of video uploaded to YouTube every day, sometimes we make the wrong call.”
But the channel’s cancellation prompted Big Brother Watch, the campaign group that originally posted Mr. Davis’ clip on YouTube, to tweet: “Free speech is under attack online.”
????Freedom of speech is under attack online.
– Big Brother Watch (@BigBrotherWatch) October 26, 2021
And the Novara editor, Ash Sarkar, called it “an attack on quality British journalism by an inexplicable American tech giant”.
This is an attack on quality British journalism by an inexplicable American tech giant. You may not like our policy or personalities, but the deletion of your Novara account is a threat to everyone #ReinstateNovara.
– Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) October 26, 2021
Novara too required a “step by step” explanation of how his channel was removed and restored.
The organization, founded in 2011, added that it has played an important public service role, regularly presenting interviews “with politicians, human rights activists, scientists and activists from around the world” and was regulated by the Independent Monitor for the Press (Impress).
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