An Army of Censors Attacks YouTube

I can’t remember when the last time there were many stories about access to a  particular website being blocked as there have been about YouTube in the last week.  Never mind that the bans are unlikely to be particularly effective, as pointed out by Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, putting any sort of a ban on YouTube or any other website is treating a symptom while ignoring the cause of any problem.

Let’s start in Australia where YouTube is now officially blocked on all computers in all government schools.  The reason behind this is most often given as an attempt to curb “cyber-bullying” with the most notorious case cited being an appalling crime that occurred last year. 

In this incident, a group of teenage boys (the creatures facing charges for this abomination are currently 17-18 years old) sexually assaulted a girl, set her hair on fire and urinated on her.  The girl in question has been described (depending on the media source) as either having a learning disability or being mildly retarded.  In any case, she was more vulnerable than average. 

So where does this qualify as cyber-bullying?  Well, the little psychopaths in question videoed the attack and uploaded it to YouTube.  Think about that for a minute: you’d have to be a sick fuck to perpetrate this sort of degrading sexual attack in any case but what sort of detachment from reality does it take to make you think distributing a video showing your face while doing it is a good idea? 

And they didn’t stop at uploading it to YouTube – they made DVDs and sold them at school.  And the DVDs featured their REAL NAMES in the “credits”.  So these soulless creatures are not only capable of perpetrating an horrific attack, they think they deserve to profit from it and actively seek recognition for it.

And blocking YouTube will fix this sort of sickness how exactly?

On another front, Turkey has instituted a blanket ban on YouTube because of videos that insulted “Turkishness” in general and the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, specifically.  National pride is a big issue in this part of the world and tensions between Greece and Turkey in particular run pretty high but this is essentially national governments buying into stupid internet dweebs slinging “fag” insults at each other.  If this ban stays in place, my Turkish YouTube pal Conmech/Efe will be really pissed off when he finishes his term of National Service in the Turkish army and can’t go back to youTube.

And while this one isn’t specifically about YouTube, French authorities are introducing a law that makes it illegal to video violent acts and upload these videos to the internet.  Yet again, stupid actions by morons translates into a government putting ridiculous restrictions on everybody.  This is supposedly to counter a growing trend of deliberately provoking or instigating violent attacks for the sole purpose of videoing them.  Hey, here’s a crazy idea – prosecute people for committing the already illegal assaults.  Don’t introduce fucked up laws to restrict freedom of expression.

And don’t even get me started on China.  Actually, I might cut loose on the bullshit being spread by Chinese authorities on another day.

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10 responses to “An Army of Censors Attacks YouTube

  1. China? Like killing ALL of the dogs in an entire city, pets included?

  2. Oh yeah, I remember that story. It it wasn’t exactly euthenasia is I remember correctly. It involved a lot of beating to death with sticks. Including family pets. in front of the family.

  3. Hell, they should be encouraging people to put videos of themselves committing crimes on the internet. It makes finding proof so much easier. A government sponsored “happy slappy” YouTube channel would probably help a lot with catching these idiots.

    Or just asking YouTube to add a “report as probably illegal in the country of origin” button to videos would be a good way to catch more criminals.

  4. Couldn’t agree more. And yeah, Massif, just use YouTube to gather the evidence and then bust ’em all.

  5. Bizarro

    A Brazilian model/actress was taped by a papparazzo while fornicating on a crowded beach, and it went to youtube.

    She sued youtube for privacy issues (yep, right) and won. YouTube was banned for a couple of days here, but people stopped watching her MTV program and buying products she advertised, so she backed off.

  6. Massif: good point, in fact some cops recently caught a dude by posting some surveillance footage on YouTube.

    Daniel: yeah, let the idiots incriminate themselves.

    Bizarro: I agree that sort of censorship will ultimately work against people.

  7. I’ve got no sympathy for YouTube whatsoever…the people there know exactly what’s being uploaded WHEN it’s uploaded. Unless the material is personally offensive to whomever is monitoring at the time, it won’t be removed until someone sues.

  8. To be accurate, it will be removed when someone asks, not when someone sues. I do think that YouTube could be doing much more on this topic but I also think copyright holders are completely wrong when they say YouTube hurts them.. They’re just greedy. And liars.

    I also think this lawsuit is not genuine, it’s a heavy handed bargaining tool being used by Viacom. I also think, according to law, it will fail. Viacom’s lawyers are greedier but Google’s lawyers are smarter.

  9. I couldn’t agree with you more about copyright holders being greedy..and liars, most especially Viacom. I too am hoping that the lawsuit will fail..maybe then it will send a message to any other studios that want to do the same!

  10. You and me are hoping it will fail. As are Yahoo, Microsoft, MySpace (read: News Corp) and a multitude of other online enterprises that rely on user uploaded content. They’re all in a world of pain if Viacom win. I really think Viacom are bluffing because most of the smart legal money is backing YouTube.

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