YouTube Censorship Gives All Users the Power to Censor

A little over a week ago, I went into our YouTube channel with plans to upload a brand new avi. But before I could achieve this, I was smacked with a warning. Our short naturist promo mp4 was reported by a user, reviewed by a YouTube admin (I suppose) and taken down for breaking the Terms of Use.
The offending mp4:
YouTube has become so big, they have basically lost control over their content. With thousands of videos uploaded daily, it becomes impossible to find, review and remove every single delinquent avi. So what’s their solution?
In other words, users now have the power to decide what is and is not overly obscene for YouTube. It doesn’t matter if the avi has been on the website for years and accumulated hundreds of thousands or even millions of views. Because, were it not for that one user who reported the video, it’d still be sitting on YouTube getting more viewpoints.
All it takes is one piqued viewer and several clicks, and the clip is gone.
In a clip on how to censor flag content, YouTube really describes how the users are actually in charge of helping monitor content. Though they refer folks to their (vague and nearly useless) community guidelines, in this movie they state, “That Is why we rely on our community of over 280 million people to help flag content they believe is unsuitable. The YouTube flag is the most significant tool for telling us about content you think should not appear on YouTube.”
(They have a new, shorter version of this how-to clip, but I find the old one is mistakenly more honest.)
So YouTube is essentially like, “well our site is so vast, we are only going to hand off this observation obligation thing to our 280 million users!” Really sneaky, YouTube! In the mind of the user, YouTube would now seem considerably less accountable for what seems on the site.
So we’re supposed to believe that 280 million individuals, and YouTube reviewers, are capable of equally employing some vague community guidelines to report improper content. Or if not the guidelines, they are able to only report content predicated on what they believe. Solid plan, right? What could possibly go wrong?
What exactly happens if your avi was really unjustly removed? In the case of our clip, I couldn’t locate any means to appeal it. It’s like they just took that option away, and it was a done deal. So we are stuck with a 6-month strike, whether it was justified or not.
A few months past, I Had created a parody “Facebook Look Back” clip to make a point about Facebook censorship. Ironically, it got reported and censored on YouTube. I could appeal it once, but my appeal was rejected. This is why it is so funny which they say “we support free speech” in the flagging clip above.
This censorship is absolutely ridiculous.
Why was our video removed? I can only assume the violating part was the two exposed female breasts.
“Most nudity isn’t permitted, specially if it’s in a sexual context. Ordinarily if your avi is thought to be sexually provocative, it truly is not as likely to be adequate for YouTube. You will find exceptions for some educational, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is the lone purpose of the avi and it’s also not gratuitously graphical. For example, a documentary on breast cancer would be proper, but posting clips out of context from the documentary might not be.”
This policy is vague and inherently subjective. There aren’t any real guidelines. Artwork is always subjective. What is nudity exactly? What’s art? What qualifies something as educational?
YouTube didn’t always have the policies it has now. At one time, nudity was not even let on the website. Period. But I’m confident they recognized no nudity meant censoring numerous works of art. So in 2010 they altered to allowing nudity in the context of artwork. There’s just one problem. Who decides what is artwork and what’s not?
Having no particular guidelines means every user is at the mercy of every other user and YouTube admin. The censorship becomes totally arbitrary and inconsistent. Uploading a clip with any form of taboo content is like a gamble. Perhaps it will stay up, maybe not. Maybe two years or five years will go by before it’s taken down. Who knows.
Judging by the number of porn on YouTube appropriate now, the system definitely isn’t working. You can find tons of porn videos. SHORT TONS.
The same development has happened with Facebook, which now asserts that content merely comes to their attention when it is reported by a user. Occasionally content is left alone, and sometimes it’s taken down. It doesn’t matter whether a post or photograph or mp4 truly breaks the community standards or not. Facebook has repeatedly stated that breastfeeding photos are allowed, and yet these types of pictures always get removed.
When they get called out for it in the media, their answer is like, We’re sorry. There’s just SO much content on our website, and it’s so darn difficult to manage! If we fixed it, how would we find some time to develop our complex advertising schemes and break users’ privacy without them knowing about it?
I understand, Facebook. Technology is difficult. It is difficult for Google, also. But eventually, the time will come when people with more influence than us will make a move about this.
The present system is shit, and even Google knows that. My remedy for them is to give up trying censor the most inane content. It is a losing battle. The best thing to do is work on taking down prohibited stuff and let everything else be.
We’re still going to put videos on YouTube, but they’ll maintain a fashion similar to my censored Facebook Look Back clip.
One last note ’cause I know what some of you are thinking – But YouTube is a free service. There are choices, and you do not have to use it.
1. It is not really free. You pay with your eyeballs on the advertisements. And no doubt, as long as you are signed in, Google is tracking your every move and figuring out how to monetize that advice. Google isn’t your pal.
2. Google is a massive conglomerate. Where would you take your investigations? Where does one go first to find a avi clip? Google might blow, but it dominates the Internet. Telling someone to merely leave is like telling them to go do their searches on Yahoo! from now on. You are not going to get exactly the same consequences.
YouTube Censorship Is Out of Control was published by – Young Naturists and Young Nudists America FKK
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