We've seen a bunch of stories lately trying to blame YouTube for the actions of its users, and can't quite understand why it's so difficult for people to grasp that YouTube is just a platform. If people do something stupid on it, it's their own fault, not YouTube's. While the latest such story doesn't completely blame YouTube, it does claim that YouTube is "aiding and abetting" vandalism by glorifying such acts. Of course, that leaves out the obvious response: it also makes it incredibly easy to track down and punish those involved in the crime. In fact, that's exactly what's happening in this case. For all the "blame" being placed on YouTube, it allowed the school involved to easily figure out who was involved in the vandalism. Would they really have preferred to have no clue who broke the window?
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