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YouTube Censorship Continues

Posted in Atheist Blogger by Skepdude on April 1, 2009

YouTube seems to be becoming as controversial as its parent company Google, but whilst Google has been criticized for its terrible privacy policies, YouTube has turned to the censorship side of things. Gone were the days when you could criticize and say what you wanted (within reason) on YouTube. Now anyone with an army of followers can get accounts suspended for no good reason. Adopting a policy of “guilty until proven innocent”, YouTube takes complaints seriously, a little too seriously if you ask YouTube atheists like Thunderf00t and gogreen18, who have both been suspended for no good reason.

The latest people to get suspended are the Rational Response Squad’s channel, which was controversial and caused a minor uproar a few years back when they released the “Blasphemy Challenge”. YouTube didn’t ban them back then, so it appears very odd that they were banned today. Granted, I don’t know what their latest videos have been about, but YouTube have also banned the James Randi Educational Foundation. I’ve bolded the word that makes this ban seem almost laughable. The JREF is an organization that promotes education about the paranormal, the pseudo-scientific, and the supernatural. It debunks the claims of dangerous people like psychics, and reveals the truth about homeopathic treatments.

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YouTube chickens out

Posted in Pharyngula by Skepdude on October 1, 2008

It’s happened: craven YouTube has pulled all of the eucharist desecration videos. Click on one and you’ll just get the message, “This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.” FSMdude’s account has also been suspended. There is no description of what rule was violated; I guess we must presume that YouTube is now in the business of defending religious dogma.

Catholics are natural censors and cowards, aren’t they?

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