Tokyo Election Commission Worried People Might Actually Watch Candidate Speeches On YouTube
from the it-might-make-them-more-educated! dept
There’s just something about politicians and their inability to understand the internet. Slashdot points us to an article about the Tokyo Election Commission demanding that YouTube take down videos of various local political candidates after a “fringe” candidate started getting plenty of attention. Apparently, Japan only allows candidate speeches to be aired on the local public broadcasting network, and somehow having them up on YouTube isn’t fair. We’re not exactly sure how making candidate videos available to more people in a more convenient way could ever be considered less fair, but I guess that’s why we’re not on the Tokyo Election Commission. Still, you would think that with the big challenges involved in making the electorate more informed, people would be enthusiastically supporting the idea of making the videos more, not less, available. Oh well. Maybe this means that Japan will ban YouTube as well.