Congress Makes YouTube Promise To Host Representatives' Videos Sans Ads

from the following-the-rules dept

Apparently Congressman Kevin McCarthy happened to be one of a very small number of folks in Congress who actually bothered to read some of the rules that Congress is supposed to abide by. In doing so, he realized that all those Congressional Representatives putting videos on YouTube are probably breaking the rules, which say that Representatives can’t be doing stuff on commercial sites. When he first brought this to the attention of other Reps, they basically told him to ignore it, since everyone else did — but eventually Congress decided to fix the problem. Of course, they didn’t fix it by changing the rules… but by putting out a request for a webhosting site to host their videos in a non-commercial manner. YouTube was the only site to agree to do so, so now your Congresscritters can continue posting to YouTube, and (apparently) you won’t see ads on their YouTube pages. I can’t decide if I’m happy that Congress decided to actually follow its own rules, or worried about them spending time on something as silly as this.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Youtube volunteered. There was no “Making” them do anything.

“Hi there, we’re from the government. We make the laws that you operate and pay taxes under and fund the agencies that regulate you. Now we have a little favor to ask of you. Of course, you don’t have to cooperate if you don’t want to. It’s strictly voluntary. Just remember who we are.”

Alan D (profile) says:

Bits are the same as bytes... no?

In the same way, you don’t have “less” blackouts, you have “fewer” blackouts. You can have fewer of an item, and less of a quantity. This is pretty basic English, and although I mostly enjoy AC’s comments their impact is diminished if the grammar and syntax is incorrect.

My God! I’m becoming an old fogey! Thank goodness it doesn’t stop me being right!

Anonymous Coward says:

Yeah - great idea

I don’t like seeing these asshats on TV, and now they think I’ll go out of my way to watch their propoganda on gootube ?

They probably have plans to astroturf their page in an effort to make it look like they have a following.

These are the folks who skirt the limits on campaign contributions by writing a book. Everyone knows that lawyers can not write in a literary sense. But their books sell by the thousands. I wonder if anyone reads them.

Anonymous Coward says:

YouTube videos and Congress

@original article: You mention you’re not sure if you were worried that this was something silly that Congress was doing. This is not silly at all actually. I work for the Federal Government in the area of communications and outreach. Where I work we are up against a major problem where we have a lot of great video that we’ve produced, or plan to produce, and are trying to get those videos out to the public. Specifically, we’re trying to reach the “millenial” generation. The problem is that most people don’t just go out and browse .gov websites for the latest video. If we put video up on our site then we’re limited by the visitors that typically come to us for other government resources. Additionally, there’s a major cost associated with setting up your own stream video site/service and then you’re still not guaranteed that the audience you’re trying to reach will see your videos.

But, if the Government can use YouTube, sans ads and branding, then it gives a place to share our videos with the audience that we’re trying to reach on the websites that they look at daily. Our outreach ability has just increase 100 fold. The “sans ads” is ideal because, in the Government, you ARE restricted from favoring one commercial vendor over another because it can be seen as endorsement.

So, why it may seem silly to some, this is actually a big deal for the government communications and outreach offices.

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