Censorship Free for All

After “Fox New firecracker” Michelle Malkin spoke out to the creators and community of YouTube in a video post, addressing to issue of content censorship of her “conservative” videos, the topic has become widely discussed.

The YouTube user agreement forbids users from submitting material that is “unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate.” And incase a video slips by the eyes of the company’s seventy employees, YouTube allows users to flag videos that they feel are inappropriate. Some users of the site, mostly those who have been victims of censorship themselves, find the practice unnessecary.

YouTube is not the first place to implement “unnecessary” censorship. This Censorship Video posted by headbanger6313 is a brief visual history of media censorship. Such mediums as cartoons, music videos, and album covers have been banning content for decades due to violence, sexual content, and references tragedy and sensitive world events.
For more information on YouTube censorship and Malkin’s video, check out this New York Times article and Virginia Heffernan’s Screens blog.

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