YouTube Censorship Gives All Users the Power to Censor

A little over a week ago, I went into our YouTube station with plans to upload a fresh avi. But before I could do so, I was smacked with a warning. It’d been up for 3 years and had over 200,000 perspectives.
The offending clip:
YouTube is becoming so big, they’ve essentially lost control over their content. With thousands of videos uploaded daily, it becomes impossible to find, review and remove every single delinquent video. So what’s ?
To put it differently, users now have the power to determine what is and is not too obscene for YouTube. It does not matter if the movie has been on the website for years and accumulated hundreds of thousands or even millions of views. It doesn’t even matter if the report is reviewed by a YouTube admin, who presumably makes the final decision on leaving it up or removing it. Because, were it not for that one user who reported the video, it would still be sitting on YouTube gaining more perspectives.
All it takes is one offended audience and a couple of clicks, and the movie is gone.
In a movie on how exactly to censor flag content, YouTube really clarifies how the users are now in charge of helping monitor content. Though they refer individuals to their (obscure and practically worthless) community guidelines, in this clip they state, “That Is why we rely on our community of over 280 million individuals to help flag content they believe is inappropriate. The YouTube flag is the most important tool for telling us about content you think shouldn’t appear on YouTube.”
(They’ve a new, shorter version of this how-to avi, but I find the old one is accidentally more honest.)
So YouTube is essentially like, “well our site is so vast, we are just going to give off this observation duty thing to our 280 million users!” Really sneaky, YouTube! In the mind of the user, YouTube would now appear considerably less accountable for what appears on the website. Additionally, it empowers users to act on unsuitable content, gives them a sense of duty to help monitor content and gives folks a simple button to click when they see something that offends them (whether it breaks the terms of use or not).
So we are supposed to believe that 280 million people, and YouTube reviewers, are capable of evenly implementing some vague community guidelines to report improper content. Or if not the guidelines, they are able to merely report content based on what they believe. Solid strategy, right? What could possibly go wrong?
So what happens if your mp4 was truly unjustly removed? In the instance of our avi, I could not find any means to appeal it. It is like they just took that option away, and it was a done deal. So we’re stuck with a 6-month strike, whether it was warranted or not.
Several months ago, I’d created a parody “Facebook Look Back” clip to make a point about Facebook censorship. This is why it is so amusing they state “we encourage free speech” in the flagging avi above.
This censorship is certainly absurd.
Why was our avi removed? I can just presume the violating part was the two exposed female breasts.
Here’s what they say in their own Community Guidelines on Sex and Nudity:
“Most nudity is not allowed, specially if it really is in a sexual context. Typically if your clip is meant to be sexually provocative, it is more unlikely to be satisfactory for YouTube. There are exceptions for some informative, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is certainly the one purpose of the video and it’s also not gratuitously graphic. For instance, a documentary on breast cancer would be proper, but posting clips out of context in the documentary mightn’t be.”
This policy is vague and fundamentally subjective. There aren’t any definite guidelines. Artwork is always . What exactly is nudity exactly? What’s art? What qualifies something as educational?
YouTube did not always have the policies it has today. At one time, nudity wasn’t even let on the site. Span. But I’m sure they recognized no nudity meant censoring countless works of art. So in 2010 they altered their policy to allowing nudity in the context of artwork. There’s just one problem. Who decides what is art 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 fully random and inconsistent. Uploading a avi with any kind of taboo content is like a risk. Perhaps it’ll stay up, perhaps not. Possibly two years or five years will go by before it’s taken down. Who understands.
Judging by the number of porn on YouTube right now, the system certainly is not working. There are loads of porn videos. SHORT TONS.
Exactly the same evolution has happened with Facebook, which now asserts that content merely comes to their attention when it is reported by a user. Sometimes content is left alone, and sometimes it is taken down. It doesn’t matter whether a post or jpg or movie truly violates the community standards or not. Facebook has repeatedly stated that breastfeeding photos are allowed, and yet these sorts of photographs always get removed.
When they get called out for it in the media, their reply is like, We Are sorry. This almost NEVER happens. There is just SO much content on our website, and it is so darn hard to manage! If we repaired it, how would we find the time to develop our complex advertising schemes and break users’ privacy without them knowing about it?
I understand, Facebook. Technology is challenging. It’s tough for Google, too. Fortunate for you guys, nobody has successfully taken a stand in a big way and forced one to rewrite all the rules. But eventually, the time will come when people with more influence than us will do something about this.
The current system is shit, and also Google understands that. My alternative for them is to give up attempting censor the most inane content. It is a losing battle. The best move to make is work on taking down prohibited material and let everything else be.
So for now, #boycottyoutube. We are still going to place videos on YouTube, but they will maintain a fashion similar to my censored Facebook Look Back movie.
One last note ’cause I know what some of you are thinking – But YouTube is a free service. You can find choices, and you don’t have to use it.
1. Google is a huge conglomerate. Where do you take your searches? Do you Bing that shit? Where do you go first to locate a avi clip? Google might stink, but it dominates the Internet. Telling someone to simply leave is like telling them to go do their searches on Yahoo! from now on. You’re not going to get the exact same results.
2. It is not actually free. And no doubt, provided that you are signed in, Google is tracking your every move and figuring out the way to monetize that information. Google isn’t your pal.
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