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, 10 Aug 2011 @ 3:39pm

    Re: nudity on youtube

    Satan is in the minds of the humans on Youtube that hates all things nude, and they had better bane all natural things, and not show hair or fingernails or eyeballs because all of them are nude, and Youtube should only have man made objects that are not living on YouTube videos, and killing machines. Heaven forbid if Youtube has a video during the mating season of plants they are nude too, and spores will be floating all over the place. Can't have the kids see, and be as aware of that. Can't expose the kids to nudity of any kind. Surround them in a dead lifeless environment like humans are in when they are put in jail. That should make the parents, and Youtube extremely happy.

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