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YouTube clarifies Community Guidelines

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 08 Aug 2009 9:37 User comments (8)

YouTube clarifies Community Guidelines YouTube has posted "Community Guideline Tips" on its Community Guidelines page, clarifying what kind of content will prompt a video removal by the site. YouTube's user-driven video flagging system helps it to remove inappropriate content, and according to YouTube, staff work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that the site's contents stay acceptable for viewing.
Still, it has published some tips on the Community Guidelines page, probably due to some criticism of the guidelines being too vague to determine what would be inappropriate in cases. Here are some examples...

Hate Speech
"Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist or sexist content may be considered hate speech. Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.

Shocking and Disgusting
The world is a dangerous place. Sometimes people do get hurt and itís inevitable that these events may be documented on YouTube. However, itís not okay to post violent or gory content thatís primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful. If a video is particularly graphic or disturbing, it should be balanced with additional context and information. For instance, including a clip from a slaughter house in a video on factory farming may be appropriate. However, stringing together unrelated and gruesome clips of animals being slaughtered in a video may be considered gratuitous if its purpose is to shock rather than illustrate.

Copyright
When you create something original, you own the copyright for it. Likewise, when other people create content, they may have a copyright to it. As a creative community, itís essential that everyone on YouTube respect the copyrights of others. If youíre not sure if something will violate someoneís copyright, the safest thing to do is to create something completely original, with images and audio youíve created. If itís all yours you never have to worry about copyrightóyou own it. If youíve recorded something from a DVD, videotaped your TV screen, or downloaded a video online, donít post it unless you have permission.

Privacy
If a video you've recorded features people who are readily identifiable and who haven't consented to being filmed, there's a chance they'll file a privacy complaint seeking its removal. We'll notify you if that happens and give you a chance to edit and re-upload your video before we act on the complaint. If we do remove your video for privacy reasons, don't upload another version featuring the same people. Chances are those people will file another privacy complaint or report you for harassment. Don't post other people's personal information, including phone numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, and government IDs. We're serious about keeping our users safe and suspend accounts that violate people's privacy.

Harassment
It comes down to respect. YouTube is all about sharing and interacting with the community in respectful ways. If you're not sure whether a video or comment you've made crosses the line, follow a simple rule of thumb: if you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't say it on YouTube. And if you're looking to attack, harass, demean, or impersonate others, go elsewhere.

Impersonation
Impersonating another user by copying someone's exact channel layout, using a similar username, or posing as that person in comments, emails or videos is considered harassment. If you want to keep your account, stay away from participating in any form of impersonation or harassing activity on the site.

For the other Guideline Tips posted by YouTube with regard to threats, videos that feature children, illegal activity, sex and nudity etc. check the Community Guidelines page (you may have to change your setting to Worldwide when logged in).

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8 user comments

18.8.2009 11:36

So what about all these flash artists who have their work uploaded to youtube "illegally"? Oh, sorry, you don't have money for lawyers, so you can't file a copyright complaint.

28.8.2009 12:52
varnull
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For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.
So it's ok to say (for example) "usa sucks" but not ok to say.. "yanks elect criminals and idiots to represent them" .. It's probably also fair and allowed to say "traveling people don't bathe as often as they should for reasons of lack of facilities being available to their community"... but not ok to say "all pikeys are smelly f---ers"

watch out peeps.. that's one of the things Orwell warned us about.

We know both statements are equally true.. as a valid outside opinion based on direct observation.. But allowing one where not allowing the other is a direct infringement of freedom of speech. When a site puts itself up as the arbiter of their standards of "free speech" while limiting what can be said in such an arbitrary and gereralised way then they become judge jury and executioner of the way people think and express themselves. Do we allow goobtube to become our new thought police??

Now we come to this..
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For instance, including a clip from a slaughter house in a video on factory farming may be appropriate. However, stringing together unrelated and gruesome clips of animals being slaughtered in a video may be considered gratuitous if its purpose is to shock rather than illustrate.
In that same breath we should include shows from TV like Oprah and Jeremy Kyle.. they serve no other purpose that to belittle and insult the participants as a media spectacle for the gawpers.. Without shock value these shows would be nothing.. Springer I'm pointing my finger straight at you....

We eat animals.. so why not show where our meat comes from? If it shocks people into making more ethical choices about how the meat they eat is kept and killed then it's only a good thing. So what if a few sickos get off on it?.. sorry.. that's life.

And what was it I heard about Kiwis and sheep??
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 08 Aug 2009 @ 13:04

38.8.2009 22:34

that makes no sense, remember the star wars kid, didnt like some one from his school find that and put it to youtube, and that was harrasment but it is still up

49.8.2009 15:32

It means you have no rights, the community can boot you for any reason other than DMCA whinage.

59.8.2009 23:27

why did youtube did so? and now we do not hay so many rights as before?!

610.8.2009 20:24

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"Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group.

How does one apply to become a member of one of these "protected" groups???
Sounds like a pretty sweet deal. No one can say anything bad about you? I want in!

710.8.2009 21:23

Quote:
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"Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group.

How does one apply to become a member of one of these "protected" groups???
Sounds like a pretty sweet deal. No one can say anything bad about you? I want in!
As long as you are not white or male you can "get in"!!!
But....that's discrimination!!!

Oh PCISIM how you fail....

812.8.2009 3:15

All this is common sense you would gather that some people would already know this stuff. But as we know there are some dopey and really messed up people out there and this basic but important stuff is needed.

I feel sorry for people that do not get that YouTube is used for enjoyment not for getting back at someone or other things like that. It's a shame that society needs to be told the basic mannerism that is needed out there in the big wide world that we live in.

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