YouTube has it wrong

An Egyptian human rights activist who posted videos about police abuse says YouTube has shut down his account because of complaints that the videos contain “inappropriate material,” writes CNN.

I think YouTube did the wrong thing here. If the images were “graphic” they could have been placed under a “you must be 18 or older” prohibition. But under no circumstances these kinds of videos should have been taken away. It’s sites like YouTube that such things should be posted and made known to the public. The guy didn’t win an award from international journalism bodies for nothing.

Or is it that YouTube only wants to feed us with Britney videos and flaming farts?

2 Comments »

Vince wrote on November 29th, 2007 at 7:26 PM PST:

Agreed — there’s enough crap on youtube that requires an 18 or older verification that they should have allowed it. What we need is a distributed youtube — where the video is posted but the contents are distributed to various peers (p2p meets the web.) Bah, it probably wouldn’t work but somehow we need a popular, yet free-from-corporations-and-politics video repo.


Apotheosis wrote on November 30th, 2007 at 2:10 AM PST:

I usually disagree with you, but on this one I agree 110%.
It might not be that they want to offer only samples of stupidity, but in this mentality of lawsuits and the devastating political correctness that wipes out everything that is different or controversial, taking a stance is all the more complicated.


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