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What types of videos do you think YouTube should NOT show?

Asked by jca (35979points) October 9th, 2010

What types/categories of videos do you think YouTube should not accept and show? Or do you think it should show all videos, despite the content?

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DrBill's avatar

No snuff films

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Don’t ban the videos. Ban the ability to leave comments, thumbs up/down, likes.

I find that most of the hateful/despicable content comes from the comment thread beneath the video & not the video it self. It’s a site to watch videos, not a town hall meeting.

HungryGuy's avatar

I don’t think they should ban ANY types of videos, but rather, put adult videos behind an 18+ access screen. And you have to prove you’re 18+ in some way to have access to it. You can’t just click on “I’m over 18” to gain access.

While I don’t approve of censorship, I also don’t want YouTube to become a free porn site, which will happen if they allow anything without restriction to be freely available to anyone.

bobbinhood's avatar

The only thing I would absolutely say they should not allow is copyright violation. Beyond that, it’s really up to the people that own the site. If a video does not fit the purpose they had in mind when creating it, then it should not be kept.

According to the about section of their website, “YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community, allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.” According to this description, anything that is not original to the person posting it does not really belong on the site.

So, within the “category” of original, I would say that they should allow everything. To be true to their purpose, they should not censor the types of material people include in their videos.

@HungryGuy How do you propose having people “prove” they are over 18?

smartbagel's avatar

No snuff films, no porn for those who are under 18, YouTube probably already enforces these restrictions..

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Animal snuff/cruelty

Porn

YouTube doesn’t seem to enforce content because co workers routinely fwd porn clips around, weird animal killing stuff and even child porn and rape porn.

HungryGuy's avatar

At the moment, YouTube allows no porn at all.

One way to enforce over 18 would be to require a credit card, but not charge to it. Many porn sites do this to protect themselves.

Zyx's avatar

Why say Youtube when in reality it’s Google? I need to start boycotting some more big companies.

@Neizvestnaya Anon always seems to grab their attention pretty quickly. Well, if they’re at least sane they’ve got something to warn them when new account creation skyrockets. Create a proxy and it will be banned from everything everywhere two hours after Guy Fawkes strolls in.

But youtube shouldn’t ban anything. Nothing should be banned anywhere. If an idiot kills someone and uploads the video he’s twice the idiot. And if he uploads TWO videos he’s four times the idiot because in my head this is exponential but the point is: two snuff films are easier to track down than one. And it’s not like he’s going to stop because youtube disapproves. Do cops actually do anything about anyone killing anything? I don’t know anymore.

I would approve of youtube deleting annoying teen age girls (and boys)’ accounts in order to reduce CO2 emissions. But other than that I don’t really care about inappropriate content.

jca's avatar

I think animal cruelty and animals being made to fight purposely (like dog fighting, cock fighting) should be banned.

FutureMemory's avatar

People being bullied or beaten up.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

The only way to control content on YouTube is to choose what you watch and what you allow minor children under your control to watch. If contents on YouTube offend you and you want to influence others, join a boycott of companies that sanction content you consider harmful. Money talks louder than words for profit based businesses.

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