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, 21 Jan 2013 @ 10:47pm

    Youtube does not tolerate the hate of others, but does not consider their own hatred

    Youtube should not ban any furry nude or sexual video. To call a nude or sexual video bad is to call your own sexual nude body bad. God did not ban anything from us. All things from him are freely given. Youtube does not allow hateful people on youtube. Therefore youtube should ban themselves for being hateful toward the furry art. That hate exists because people have the word porn. That word needs to phased out. Youtube needs to say they are sorry for banning any furry video. Youtube does not tolerate the hate of others, but does not consider their own hatred against the furries that hate no one. Youtube needs to hang their heads in shame for not being equal.

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