- Update : metacafe to the rescue.
Apparently, one of my YouTube vids contains “gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful”.
So YouTube have removed it:
The following video(s) from your account have been disabled for violation of the YouTube Community Guidelines:
* Derrick MacThomas : ‘I’m An Australian Lord Haw-Haw’ – (AndyFleming)
Sometimes people do get hurt and it’s inevitable that these events may be documented on YouTube. However, YouTube is not a shock site. It’s not okay to post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful. If a video is particularly graphic or disturbing, it should be balanced with additional educational or documentary context and information.
Your account has received one Community Guidelines warning strike, which will expire in six months. Additional violations may result in the temporary disabling of your ability to post content to YouTube and/or the termination of your account.
Date Received: December 13, 2009
After successfully navigating the maze that is YouTube ‘Help’, I wrote the following message in reply:
The video in question concerns an Australian-based neo-Nazi Internet radio host using the pseudonym ‘Derrick MacThomas’, and is based on an extract from one of his broadcasts. The message I received from YouTube states: “It’s not okay to post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful. If a video is particularly graphic or disturbing, it should be balanced with additional educational or documentary context and information.”
Having reviewed the video in question, it appears that this may be a reference to two imgs: one of a Klansman on fire, the other of the corpse of Mussolini. The first img appears for app 30 secs; the img of Mussolini — a still — ends the video, and appears for app 1:45. It is a v famous img, appears in over 50 other vids on YT, and is included on 1000s of sites dedicated to recalling WWII.
I would like to re-upload the video, but would obv need to know exactly what the nature of the alleged breach of Community Guidelines is before I do so as I do not wish my acct to be suspended.
Some greater clarification from YT would be much appreciated. I am also more than happy to include what YT suggests “additional educational or documentary context and information”.
YouTube is very helpful, and I received the following message in response:
YouTube staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When a video or account is brought to our attention we investigate and take action if necessary.
We are unable to provide specific detail regarding your account suspension or your video’s removal. For more information on our what we consider inappropriate content or conduct while using YouTube, please visit our Community Guidelines and Tips at http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines and our Help Center article at http://help.youtube.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=92486.
We will investigate your issue and take action if necessary. We will contact you only if we require more information regarding your issue.
The YouTube Team
Other fun facts I’ve discovered over the last few weeks is that the defunct Seattle punk rawk band ‘Christ On A Crutch’ is pwned by Warner Music Group (WMG), presumably by way of Warner/Chappell Music.
Meaning that really is no business like punk business!
Banned imgs on YouTube:
I must confess I didn’t see your video but your burning redneck/Mussolini image was obviously in the wider context of commentary on other issues. In other words, to provoke thought rather than to celebrate these events.
Now this is somewhat different of course to images of racially based murder posted by racists, obviously sanctioned by YouTube, and designed to promote and encourage hate and murder.
YouTube are as deliberately opaque (dare we use the word “dense”) as Facebook who are equally happy to entertain the rants of racists but who break out in epidemics of OMG Moral Outrage if a nursing mums’ support group shows a baby being breast-fed.
What the video consisted of was audio taken from a broadcast by “‘Derrick MacThomas”. MacThomas’s real name is Carl D. Thompson. Thompson is a Queensland-based neo-Nazi who broadcasts on behalf of the US-based ‘National Socialist Movement’ (NSM), the most prominent Hollywood Nazi group in the US. His show is called ‘Australia Calling’, and can be heard via the nsm88radio.com site. This particular broadcast came to my attention as it refers to my own good self, and speculates that I took part in a ‘red terrorist attack’ upon the ‘Australia First Party’ HQ in Tempe, Sydney:
RED TERRORISTS ATTACK AUSTRALIA FIRST OFFICE
(07/17/09) Marxist terrorists, believed to be associated with the Jewish front race mixing group Fight Dem Back, have attacked the headquarters of the Australia First political party in Sydney. Also, the latest on the plight of our American white brother Hal Turner.
The video also makes explicit reference to — and includes a brief extract from the final speech of — Lord Haw Haw; the Nazi radio broadcaster known to his mum as William Joyce (Joyce was executed by British authorities for treason in 1946).
And yeah: there are literally tens of thousands of neo-Nazi videos on YouTube, some of which not only include images drawn from Nazi death camps, but which explicitly celebrate the Holocaust, and urge its repeat. Here’s one example, ‘Spatter Pattern – Choke – Live at Auschwitz’, by Melbourne-based neo-Nazi skinhead Jesse:
Funnily enough, a man in WA, Simon Charles Barker, was only last week charged with offences under that state’s racial vilification laws for his role in producing a video titled ‘Flubba Bubba Out Da Front’; a brief article on the subject states that YouTube had withdrawn the video, but YouTube still makes it available for viewing on (at least) four other channels, if not more.
More broadly, YouTube is a commercial operation; like any other corporate entity, its main concern is making a profit, and all of their decisions are based on this imperative. Hence, on the one hand, the existence of tens of thousands of videos containing neo-Nazi agit-prop; on the other hand, the company comes down like a ton of bricks on any channel allegedly engaged in copyright violation. Individual complaints are utterly pointless; they will be ignored. The only means of altering the company policy is by way of bad PR, which can only be achieved by way of the mass media.
As for context, the image of the Klan member (‘redneck’) on fire coincides with Thompson’s recounting an article [July 10, 2009] from The Sydney Morning Herald:
This is fairly standard fare by Thompson: he’s always getting his frilly Nazi knickers in a twist over something or other.
I hear things Slacker.
I hear that yr Iron Cross first-class with oak-leaf cluster is in the mail.
I understand that it’s for invaluable services to international Nazi public relations.
Merry Syphilis and a Happy Gonorrhea.
I agree but I like that neo-nazi videos are avaliable on YouTube. Unless I’m mistaken, their message doesn’t resonate with anyone even remotely outside their ideology, and it gives us a chance to see what they’re up to rather than them being in the dark. But I could be wrong.
I do find it amazing that Genocidal88 remains online though and with relatively little spam from outsiders (which I’m trying to fix now). I think channels like that should be brought into the public eye so people know boneheads like that exist in Australia.