YouTube says Giorgia Meloni’s video was mistakenly deleted, restores it after investigation

YouTube has removed a video of Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni explaining his conservative view of the country during a speech in 2019. It was a curious move that drew widespread scorn from conservative media, given recent interest in the philosophy of Meloni, who should become the first woman to lead the country.

After Raison asked YouTube to explain why it deleted the video, the social media site reversed course and restored it.

“After careful review, we have determined that this video does not violate our Community Guidelines and have reinstated it,” YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said. “We enforce our policies regardless of the speaker’s political views and when it comes to our attention that a video has been mistakenly removed, we review the content and take appropriate action, including restoring the videos. or relevant channels, like we did with this video.”

It’s unclear why the video was flagged in the first place. This is a recording of a speech Meloni gave at the 2019 World Congress of Families. In her remarks, she pushes back against the idea that her views are fringe or aligned with fascism.

“They said that it is outrageous that people defend the natural family based on marriage, want to increase the birth rate, want to give a fair value to human life, support freedom in education and say no to education. gender ideology,” she says.

Meloni’s party, the Brothers of Italy, has been described as far-right and nationalist and is accused of have fascist ties. However, her remarks in the 2019 speech were well in line with emerging right-wing political views on topics such as gender, immigration and abortion.

In any case, people who wish to understand Meloni’s opinions – even for the purpose of opposing her – should not want to make their discovery more difficult. Silencing an argument is not the same as winning one.

It’s unclear what happened here, and YouTube can do what it wants, but restoring the video was clearly the right decision, as no one explained a rationale for removing it in the first place.

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