March 28, 2008

YouTube [Finally] Takes a Stand Against Dhimmitude! - Updated

In order to get the new Geert Wilders' Fitna film the widest possibly audience co-blogger Howie uploaded it to YouTube. Within minutes the Islamists, wishing to silence any criticism of the Quran, started flagging the video. Soon thereafter, sticking with their normal MO, the video was taken down and Darthodeius (known as Howie around the Jawa) received a message saying his account was suspended.

Dear Member:

After being flagged by members of the YouTube community and reviewed by YouTube staff, the video below has been removed due to its inappropriate nature.

Fitna Part II English Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_4oreTDvWM

Due to your repeated attempts to upload inappropriate videos, your account has now been permanently disabled and your videos have been taken down. If you feel your account has been disabled in error, please contact us to explain why.

Please refer to our Terms of Use, Community Guidelines, and the Help Center for more information on what video material is not permitted on YouTube.

- The YouTube Team

But then something--hmmm, shall we say miraculous?--happened. YouTube actually reinstated the video!

Message from YouTube to Darthodieus:

This email is to inform you that a warning notification you may have received regarding content removed from your account was sent in error.

The content has not been removed and your account has not been penalized.

We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Sincerely,
The YouTube Team

Like the velocaraptors from Jurassic Park, they're learning. I never thought I'd say this, but thank you YouTube!

Update: Co-blogger Bluto also received the nasty-gram and retraction from YouTube. His response is rather less charitable than this one. Bluto has asked YouTube to provide contact info for a YouTube staffer to explain the incident. Don't hold your breath.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:20 AM | Comments |