August 29, 2011

Offensive or Inappropriate Videos @ Google/YouTube

This is a bird's eye view of YouTube in action.  It's very much like current American politics - there are rules - the guy with the bigger stick wins.  Got it?  From the Community Guidelines -

"YouTube is not a shock site. Don't post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock or disgust."

"Okay, this one is more about us than you. YouTube staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When they do, we remove them. Sometimes a video doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines, but may not be appropriate for everyone. These videos may be age-restricted."

"You may not like everything you see. Some of the content here may offend you—if you find that it violates our Terms of Use, then click the button that says "Flag" under the video you're watching to submit it for review by YouTube staff. If it doesn't, then consider just clicking on something else—why waste time watching videos you don't like?"

There are twelve videos on the playlist (Offensive or Inappropriate Videos) of a tiny little girl.  She is dead, a victim of a terrible war.  It is all one video shared and uploaded by twelve different users. 

BE FOREWARNED!  It takes an incredibly strong stomach to view these.  You will pardon me I'm sure if I don't embed one of them here.  The playlist and screencaps below are bad enough IMHO.

The first two on the list have this warning -

The third video requires one to confirm that they are 18 or over in order to view.  That designation was assigned by the user, not YouTube.

Two of the three were reviewed by YouTube staff and it was determined that they did not violate their Terms of Use, therefore we assume these videos, maybe all of them, are here to stay.  Perhaps this explains why so many remain on the Hall of Shame playlist above, and on YouTube in general.  Anyway - might as well move along - "why waste time watching videos you don't like?"

Just thought you'all would find this - interesting.

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