YouTube Abdicates Social Responsibility

The Shame of Larry Page & Sergey Brin Google/Youtube Owners

WARNING: Derogatory words and vile descriptive language have been included in this article as an illustration regarding the need for filtering and policing of YouTube and we do apologize but feel it is necessary to stress the importance of this issue.

In America and many other countries across the world a rating system is in place to designate and to classify types of media with regard to suitability for audiences that involve sex, violence, substance abuse, profanity, impudence or other types of mature content. Music, video games are also rated for content, so that minors who have not yet developed their own sense of ethical and moral barriers are not unduly influenced. Even certain shows that have adult themes are not supposed to be aired during ‘family hour’ due to this same societal impact on our youth. It would seem that everything is policed, rated and filtered so that they are protected – everything, that is except YouTube.

What is the responsibility of the co-owners of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin who also own YouTube to protect minors from the filth that is routinely spewed on their network? What is the responsibility of the FCC?

Social networks are avenues of instantaneous connectivity available to any person who can boot up a personal computer, including children under the age of 18. There must be some sort of system set in place to protect minors from hearing, viewing, or participating in situations that are beyond their scope of understanding and level of naiveté. Of course the first line of defense is always watchful parents and in no way are they absolved from their responsibility to protect their own children, however this does not release online companies from their obligation to society. Most companies have set rules of conduct that they and their constituents, users, clients etc. abide by to protect individuals who utilize their online sites. It is imperative that all private and public institutions insure that their corporate governances are followed.

Most times when a person becomes a member of an online site they are asked to click a box that says they have read and understand the stipulations and restrictions on the particular site they are joining. It would not be a stretch to say that most people do not read these regulations but merely click the box asserting that they have indeed read them. It is only when a user breaksa rule and their account becomes disabled that they begin to understand there are consequences to their actions.

Frequently, when someone is caught bullying or opinionating in a hateful manner online they instantly claim that they are protected by the 1st Amendment; the Freedom of Speech but this is not correct. It is not lawful to humiliate, or speak in a derogatory or slanderous way about another person without proof of what is being stated is true. Freedom of speech is not freedom to slander and it is not acceptable by any societal norm to do so.

First Amendment, in its entirety:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

The important word to stress here is: CONGRESS shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . . . .” The government shall not prohibit free speech but our speech IS regulated by the societal contract that we all share and it does not condone nor allow racial, homophobic, scandalous, libelous, or slanderous statements.

Essentially, the government has no control over whether or not a company will have any kind of speech restrictions within their work environment that their employees must abide by. Each company’s framework is slightly different but they all use a community styled contract that is an acceptable societal norm. For example, there are many companies that require their employees to attend Awareness Seminars in which they are schooled in which words they can and cannot use regarding fellow employees. The commonly accepted word “lady” has recently become one of the words not approved as it has a connection to “lady of the evening” or “prostitute”. Additionally, pronouns are frowned upon as demeaning and employees are urged to routinely replace them with the name of the person they are referring to. If employees take it upon themselves to break the etiquette word rules of their workplace they cannot claim the 1st Amendment – Freedom of Speech as a means not to get fired.

Don Imus was fired in 2007 from CBS radio because he used the derogatory racial and sexually offensive words “nappy headed hoes” towards the female Rutgers Basketball team. Dr. Laura Schlessinger stepped down from her syndicated radio program in 2010 amidst controversy over her using the word “Nigger” 11 times while speaking to a caller. Obviously, these two radio personalities lost their prestigious positions on radio because they broke the social contract with their listeners. They broke from the word etiquette rules required for that job and restraints of what the public finds acceptable.

Google/YouTube Ineffective Community Guidelines

Google, a public company since 2004, which owns YouTube,
a social networking site that has, like any reasonable and responsible entity, set into place rules for utilizing their site and a code of acceptable user etiquette called Community Guidelines. The only problem is – They don’t abide by them.

http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines

This link leads to a short 2:37 video, entitled “Staying Safe on YouTube”, that is a speedy little tutorial on what the YouTube Community is all about.

First, the perky little female voice with a banjo playing in the background to give that homey feel, claims YouTube is all about the community, and as with any community it involves trust. Trust.

The video further states that “We trust YOU to be responsible while your on the site and states it’s “not for users under 13 and to please come back AFTER your birthday”. A few other quotes from this video are:

“We are serious about the rules”

“If you receive three strikes for violating the Community Guidelines we will disable your account AND it is a violation of the rules to open a new one. “

“Help us keep the site safe by flagging the videos that break the rules.”

“Keep your comments clean”

“Respect copyright- If you don’t own it – don’t post it.”

“Sexual content is not allowed on YouTube.. even if it’s a video of yourself.”

Apparently the word TRUST is not a misnomer because YouTube treats its users like irresponsible parents who would leave their children alone in a room with bowls of candy and only mention casually that they really shouldn’t eat those little bits of deliciousness as they leave them alone for hours on end.

Further elucidation on what YouTube expects from its users and complete details of what they find acceptable and unacceptable behaviors are described in detail. Please watch this informative though laughable video regarding flagging videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA22WSVlCZ4 Make note of this section which is a real hoot.

“We Enforce These Guidelines”

“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. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination. If your account is terminated, you won’t be allowed to create any new accounts. “

Age restricted videos are a rarity.. and the last line regarding being permanently terminated is to laugh .. the House of Pain user that will be mentioned later in this article has resurrected four or more times in fact they brag that they cannot be stopped.

It is very important to read through this whole presentation of YouTube’s Fictional Community Guidelines and responsibility to it’s community based on “trust” because it is clear to anyone who has spent a little bit of time in this social network community that they do not abide by their own set governance.

Back in 2008 this blogger addresses YouTube’s lack of policing video content regarding their Community Guideline regarding violence which states:

“Graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed. If your video shows someone being physically hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don’t post it.”

Please read http://www.blogher.com/youtube-and-videotaped-violence

Some users break the Shock Value rule – Be FOREWARNED the YouTube user account links within this article have extremely vulgar and obscene words and graphics.

http://www.youtube.com/user/HOPsOfficialChannel Group leader appears to be someone by the name Fokkae and all the other people in the group seem to follow his direction.  In the comment section one it is written “hi hun hi lynn and I fuck dogs”  and “fuck that nigger Jacko”  The ABOUT section is especially disturbing -

About
“we hate everyone, we want that skin bleaching nigger wacko jacko to be anally raped in HELL, we also would like to see his children die in a fire, we also want justin bieber to be raped by 6 black men in a gang bang using razor blades, we want every emo to commit suicide, we want anime fan’s to die of AIDS”–This DogsOfDowntown account was terminated once but resurrected immediately even although as stated on that succinct YouTube Safety Rule video is clearly “against the rules.”

http://www.youtube.com/user/DogsOfDowntown

The background displays a man at a urinal and a women squatting on a urinal. The recent activity shows comments using racial epitaphs and they have two videos showing dead women. And one of this particular user’s friend is:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TeaNaziParty

They have taken pictures of Sarah Palin and photoshopped her in humiliating ways. These also have been flagged as they are obviously breaking copyright laws as those pictures do not belong to them, however, they have not been removed.

Another account shows a bloodied body of a young girl dead and the background is a woman being abused. Surely both of these break the Community Guidelines.

http://www.youtube.com/user/MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA#p/f/4/WE5N9kzqbRc

Many YouTube Users routinely use hate-speech in their videos and on their individual account pages. Racial, homo-phobic, anti-Semitic, Islamaphobic and misogynistic remarks are rampant in their comment section. However, YouTube does not have a way to report these actions. There is a blue report link at the bottom of each user’s account but that is only for reporting the background picture. These users get around the reporting of their sites by having acceptable background pictures but their profiles are filled with filth.

While YouTube claims not to allow anything racial or purposefully done to humiliate users such as this one are rampant. Please note in the sidebar the continued use of the word ‘nigger’ and the vulgarity in which they speak about the surviving son of Michael Jackson – Prince Jackson.

Please be forewarned- Content is disturbing and crude.

http://www.youtube.com/user/666PrinceMJackson666

The conversation box and comments from their friends are similarly distasteful and many background are beyond the pale. Depictions of women with hands and feet bound with mouth taped, dead and bludgeoned bleeding women with throats cuts laying in tubs filled with blood, parodies of child rape, and animal cruelty are graphically displayed.

However, this is NOT a new problem. It has been rampant since YouTube’s inception. This is a user from 2007 complaining about accounts that have racial slurs as their account names and nothing has been done about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtEdCkGC_90&feature=related

Also, reportedly an actual rape was film and uploaded on YouTube in 2008 it cause a temporary uproar and talk that the situation needed to be resolved but resolution seems a distant dream.

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3482663.ece

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/251241/YouTube_rape_video_causes_demand_for_moderation_of_content

It is clear from observing activities of some users for that the YouTube Community Guidelines are not only broken repeatedly but flagging and reporting them to YouTube seems a futile and useless endeavor. These users understand that YouTube is not truly a socially responsible network so that they can take advantage of this situation with impunity.

If by some miracle an appropriate action is taken and the user has been disabled, within in one hour that same user is back up and running with the same abhorrent and obnoxious videos.

“It seems that Youtube LLC, and Google Inc. as Youtube’s owner, don’t really mind the offensive commentary accompanying so many of their videos. They’ve made no efforts to curb the racism, no efforts to allow community moderation, no efforts to hire administrators of their own to combat the phenomenon, and no efforts to discourage such comments from being made in the first place. Either they’re completely oblivious to what’s happening on their own website, or they know about it and simply don’t care, because it would cost them money to fight it, and/ or because the ebb and flow of arguing about race generates more hits for their websites. In either case, both companies have proven their own irresponsibility in this regard, and it’s difficult to say which of these forms of tolerating ignorance are worse.” Matt Rock*

*Matt’s full article can be found on this link and it is an important to read and to note that it was written in 2008 and nothing has been done about the issues he addresses.
http://matt-rock.newsvine.com/_news/2011/03/29/6368411-on-youtube-racism-is-alive-and-well
It’s not getting any better – August 2010 -> Youtube shows man teaching a boy racism

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2010/08/26/us-youtube-racist-video.html

What’s worse than having this garbage readily available to unsuspecting minors with no filtering, no policing, absolutely FREE reign for any degenerate and unscrupulous person with accessibility to a computer??

GOOGLE ADVERTISING on these KNOWN vulgar Sites.

It is not clear which is more abhorrent the fact that the user accounts exist at all or that YouTube not only allows them but Google Ads are posted on many of them. On one of these troll account whose conversation is routinely rife with nigger, faggot, cunt etcc… there was an ad for Oprah’s OWN boldly along the bottom of their video. Is this what Oprah had in mind? It’s doubtful.

We first attempted to use Google’s search engine while trying to find information regarding YouTube’s problem with content, policing their content, being sued, racism, etc…and were routinely taken to the YouTube forum where users discuss these issues. However, there is NO way to contact any one at Youtube by email to complain about any of these kinds of abuses only for copyright.

Switching over to the Yahoo search engine immediately turned up this Canadian organization that has been focusing on this very same issue. They have a wonderful site that should be joined and used as a guide to stop this type of hate and violence on YouTube.

http://www.stopracism.ca/content/stopping-abusive-content-youtube-implementing-word-filtering-and-ip-and-common-proxy-blockin

This link explains where YouTube is banned ->
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YouTube_Censorship

Again we simply ask-

What is the responsibility of the co-owners of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin who also own YouTube to protect minors from the filth that is routinely spewed on their network?

We encourage comments, suggestions and a conversation to take place regarding this pressing issue. We also urge you to contact these two corporate leaders and express your deep concerns regarding the lack of application of the Community Guidelines that they have set in place.
Unfortunately, and quite wisely their contact information is more secure than the gold in Fort Knox. We merely have the YouTube address.

YouTube, LLC
901 Cherry Ave.
San Bruno, CA 94066
USA
Phone: +1 650-253-0000
Fax: +1 650-253-0001

Contacting the FCC – http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumers_contacts.html

We would appreciate input from anyone who may have better contact information for Larry Page and Sergey Brin to please extend it to us and we will be more than happy to edit this post.

Edit 4/6/11 –  We have been sent this link from a few people but it is not confirmed  – http://www.mysergeybrin.com/   on the contact link and address is given but we were unable to open the email link from this site.

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
phone: (650) 253-0000
fax: (650) 253-0001

Edit 4/23/11   WE might make some headway by contacting YouTube with this email address that was obtained by a observant and dedicated warrior in MJ’s army of love and justice. 

Email address: legal-support@ google.com
Phone: 650.253.3425
Fax: 650.649.2939
MJJJusticeProject — It’s time to Stop the Hate

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16 Responses to YouTube Abdicates Social Responsibility

  1. Federica Cambini says:

    Hi! Thank you! This is really great! But, just one question…as I live in Italy how can I help? Is there an email address? How can I do? Please, tell me and I’ll do it soon!
    Thank you.
    Federica

    • We have not been able to find an email address for the owners of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. You can help by posting this article any where that you are a member. YouTube is in most countries world wide and these issues have affected everyone. Also share it on your facebook, myspace and twitter.. and any other social network that you use to communicate. If enough people share it and it becomes a major discussion on the internet – then YouTube will have to address their indifference. Thank you for the support.

  2. nancy lyons says:

    im glad your cleanning it up im for michael jackson and his 3 childern clean it up

  3. tish says:

    I just saw your posting of this page. I will do what I can to help out in this matter. I wrote the youtube address and phone number down. They will be hearing from me, but tactfully and respectfully, even though they are being disrespectful to Michael Jackson’s legacy and his children. I am grateful that I was online at the right time to receive this important information.

  4. 111FAS says:

    You’ve done it again! Girl…. you’re post is spot on. It’s very difficult for me to read and NOT get steaming mad. I was going to pick out some of my favored parts, but the whole article is overwhelmingly awesome so I can’t pick. I can’t get over just how much YT is out of line, and out of hand. What? Google is short handed on help in the admin department so they ask the community to help out with the reporting and flagging? That’s a load of BS! Thanks for posting this information; I’ll start directing people to this site. A post went up about YT on the HuffPost, I’ll start there.

  5. nancy lyons says:

    get the dirt rotten stuff off youtube and the n word off keep it off stop the dirt off about michael jackson

  6. Anon says:

    How about to spread it and contact them this way?

    Just let me know your opinion and I’ll make the video public or delete it.
    Thank you!

  7. Judy Hyde says:

    I have written to Google/YouTube and even included a small list of the vile video’s. I have heard nothing back. I will continue to “hound’ them until something is done. Flagging the video’s in early March and since, made me physically ill. We cannot stop until all of this is cleaned up. My grandchildren visit YouTube!!!! Michael’s children visit YouTube. I will never understand what motivates some people – their hatred is disturbing.

  8. MJ Brookins says:

    Will post on facebook pages, blogspots and websites. This is great and I can’t see where it can be improved upon. Just posting this article and re tweeting will get the job DONE. I’m on it and thanks. Job Well done.

  9. I have seen some changes in you tube but they need to be more diligent when it comes to Michael Jackson and the disgraceful and ugly reports that some have made it. More deletions should be done and you tube should scan their products more efficiently for digusting videos of Michael Jackson.

  10. Cynthia Kent says:

    Thank you for this informative post. Very disturbing and sad how low people can go especially where Michael is concerned. Yahoo is loaded with this filth. Anything goes it seems and Nothing is off limits. Whenever an article about or refering to Michael appears… it breaks my heart how vile people can be. I have scanned literally thousands of these posts and try to turn the tide with “L.O.V.E. and Lots of facts”. I loved Michael Jackson dearly for over 45+ years. I will defend him and his legacy with all that is within me untill the day I die… R.I.P. Michael…your fans love you!!!

  11. I’ve been part of the YouTube reporting movement since 2007, and I can tell you it is very frustrating trying to get Admin to respond to complaints about racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia. In the last week, I and many others have flagged a dozen accounts and their videos which blatantly violated YouTube community guidelines, but nothing has been done. I do have several YT Admin emails that I report to, but I’m not certain they even work their anymore.

    And so it goes….with no remedy in sight….very sad the YT community has degraded to this.

  12. HesOuttaMyLife says:

    It is simply amazing to me that these kinds of videos get through the filtering process but many of the beautiful tribute videos are rejected due to copyright laws. I have seen some very offensive videos on Youtube. Some could even be considered criminal. How they get through without the user’s account being flagged and terminated is beyond me. It is really disgusting. The nasty remarks on Michael Jackson’s videos breaks my heart. How people can sit in judgement of a man whose true character they never took the iniative to investigate on their own simply baffles me. The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Youtube is turning into a virtual wasteland, one I seldom choose to visit these days.

  13. Ina Postma says:

    It’s a shame You Tube does not intervene in this type of washing!
    This pollution may ultimately mean the demise of their site. I think for the creators of offensive and distasteful videos the biggest penal will be when their video’s are totally ignored!! That’s often far more effective than intervention from above.
    But for now, YT must take responsibility or loses credibility!

  14. This is a bit of a rant, so if it is too much I understand your not displaying it.

    I wish that I had any hope concerning this issue, but hope seems an anchor when dealing with the bigger issue of technological expression and developmental psychology.

    I would venture that many people would not let strangers come into their houses and interact with their children physically, yet parents have been allowing complete strangers into their children minds for as long as media has existed. The Pediatric Association of America suggests that children two and under should have no television exposure and there exists a wealth of sound scientific data to support the contention that internet exposure can negatively affect the developmental process of the brain, but I wonder how many people know or care to know this information. It may be too inconvenient for people to realize that media technology is potentially dangerous to social health. We depend on it too much to question it properly.

    The hypocrisies of YouTube (did you mention the fact that they sometimes display ads for hard liquor on their home page, e.g. Captain Morgan?) represent both commerce as God and a reactionary and hedonistic ideology which defines the “free speech” clause of the Constitution as representing anything expressed by anyone. Wikipedia goes even further in putting forth a conceit that all information should be freely available without restriction and taking an absurd position of moral objectivity concerning their own ‘power’ of influence in society. Of course all of this makes sense when one realizes that the Supreme Court of the United States made an almost unanimous decision to allow extreme pornography to be completely unrestricted online (this was done under the guise of respect to “community standards” whatever those are). The only way to attack the moral problems of these corporations is to attack the philosophies they adhere to.

    People are driven to relative comfort and ironically to conflict as well (think of a piece of entertainment that is not conflict oriented). We are naturally conflicted animals that need to be reigned in legally in order to function as a whole. When problems are obvious we sometimes manage them well. But the internet is a virtual realm and so easy for many to dismiss as a physical (i.e. actual) threat. So much energy is put into condemning people who physically abuse children when the brains of children are left for parents to deal with; as if parental responsibility is actually a legitimate safeguard in a society where people need armed deterrence just to drive down a road together with minimal incidents.

    I am sorry to say that the United States of America is a wellspring of moral hypocrisy: One cannot smoke in a bar that he/she owns and yet I just came from living in a house where two parents smoked around their asthmatic children. Laws are passed concerning calorie information at fast-food restaurants but junk food for the mind is not taken seriously by anyone in positions of authority. This is a society were a Scientologist/actor can call Psychiatry a pseudo-science with a straight face. The problem for us seems insurmountable because the problem is us. I hope you keep fighting, though, and Godspeed to you.

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