Misplaced Blame All Over The Place For Online Videos
from the blame-Google dept
Meanwhile, the situation in Italy is perhaps even more ridiculous. There, officials are investigating Google employees because of an uploaded video that showed some students taunting an autistic classmate. Yes, once again, this has absolutely nothing to do with Google, and it's ridiculous to think that anyone at Google should be responsible for what some users did with Google's tool. However, that's not the way they're viewing it in Italy -- where the country's Education Minister says that Google needs to be treated the same as a newspaper or broadcaster, or there would be a double standard. That would make sense if Google video actually was a system where editors actively requested articles and decided what content was published -- but they don't. They're just a platform for hosting and viewing the content. It's more like blaming Samsung for making the TV that someone watched some offending content on.
And, speaking of children taunting others in online videos, up in Canada we have a story of students getting suspended for a video they shot and uploaded of one of their teachers having an angry outburst at one of the students. At least this time it isn't Google/YouTube being blamed. This sounds quite like a case from a year and a half ago where students were also suspended for recording an angry teacher's outburst and putting the video online. In this latest case, apparently the students purposely provoked the teacher to get the angry outburst, and they deserve to be punished for that kind of provoking -- but the report of the incident focuses almost entirely on the "problem" of cameraphones in the classroom, rather than a teacher losing his cool (no matter how much he was provoked). They make it sound as if the outburst would be perfectly fine if there weren't any cameras around: "The teacher will be the master of his class -- a closed class and confidential."
It's understandable that some people don't understand the technology at play and immediately leap to the wrong conclusions about who is to blame in these situations, but there have been enough of these types of cases already that you would think someone should come along and explain how everything works so that the proper parties are blamed, rather than blaming the technology.