Should YouTube Allow Artful Nudity?

from the but-think-of-the-commenters... dept

The EFF and the National Coalition Against Censorship are apparently asking YouTube to consider changing its policy with regards to nudity. Apparently, it will allow nudity if the video is from a film or TV show -- but not if it's user generated videos made for YouTube. Separately, YouTube suggests it will allow nudity with "some educational, documentary and scientific content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the video and it is not gratuitously graphic." The problem, according to the EFF and NCAC, is that there is no exception for work that is artistic in nature, and apparently YouTube recently removed the videos of a well-known artist, Amy Greenfield, for violating the "no nudity" policy. Now, this isn't actually a "censorship" issue, since YouTube is a private site, and not the government. So, honestly, I don't see any problem with YouTube deciding that it doesn't want that particular content on its site, but there is a separate issue raised here -- which is that, once again, the real issue is Google's lack of customer service -- something we've seen a lot of lately. One of the complaints is that Greenfield's videos were taken down with no recourse and no method for her to communicate with folks at YouTube to talk about getting them back online.

Filed Under: nudity, video, youtube
Companies: eff, google, ncac


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    Artiewhitefox, 11 Apr 2016 @ 3:54pm

    To not allow nudity is to deny that we are nude.

    Yes. To not allow nudity is to deny that we are nude. Nude is art. Anthropomorphic nude art is art that is artistic. The terms are inseparable. We need to accept what is seen. We must not let our eyes be offended by what is seen. Fallen angels are offended by what is seen. They complain through people with people thinking they are complaining. It is an evil being complaining through them.

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