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Has YouTube Gone Too Far With Graphic Videos?

With thousands of videos being posted on YouTube daily, it's practically impossible for each video to be watched before it is made available online, making it easier for people to publish graphic, violent or obscene material. BBC News, has noted that police chiefs are now urging websites like YouTube to remove violent video footage of children fighting. They argue that YouTube and Google should be filtering material before it is posted. YouTube claims that this would be censorship and is not the role of a private company - they currently rely on their users to flag videos inappropriate when they deem necessary. In a poll conducted by Switched entitled "Should YouTube filter child-fight videos before they're posted?" More than 70 percent of respondents agreed that they should be. What are your thoughts on all of this? Do you think YouTube has gone too far with their video leniency? Leave your comments below!

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LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 7 years
I think they should have SOMETHING that can filter every video before it gets posted. I'm sure that in this day and age there is SOME way to do it.
outofhere outofhere 9 years
I agree with Verily too. I have a hard time with Youtube because of all the garbage, some of the posters are just out of control. I don't have to go there so I don't, unless I want to see a specific video that someone has posted a link to. Same thing with cable - they can put all the garbage they want on there but that doesn't mean I have to watch it.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 9 years
I think asking YouTube to censor its videos is like asking HBO to censor its TV shows. Okay, so maybe it's an exaggeration, but when you think about it - the government doesn't crack down on premium cable, because you're pretty much inviting it to your house. I think internet is the same way. As a user, YOU log on to YouTube. YOU click the link to the video you want to watch. So, in the end, it's really YOUR responsibility (and if you're a parent it's your responsibility to make sure your kids don't watch this stuff)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i like what macgirl said.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i like what macgirl said.
sunshine4x sunshine4x 9 years
Youtube shouldn't censor but then again, how many sick pervs are doing what with these vids? Beating on who wins at the flag pole? Or worse... There shouldn't be censorship but there should also be common sense... like the state that outlaws the motorcycle helmet... they shouldn't have to FORCE people to wear it, people should have the common sense to do so!
zoomusicgirl zoomusicgirl 9 years
i don't think youtube should be a babysitter. people should take an active role in their kids lives and help them distinguish what is bad and what is good.
zoomusicgirl zoomusicgirl 9 years
i don't think youtube should be a babysitter.people should take an active role in their kids lives and help them distinguish what is bad and what is good.
shafiii shafiii 9 years
i think users need to have sekf control and not post things that should need censoring.
7bits 7bits 9 years
Blargh - I wanted to click on the damn video but NOoooooooo. I'm denied looking at people pwning each other.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
What if you don't look at is as censorship but more as a website taking responsibility for the content it puts out to the world? Sugar Publishing doesn't allow users to attack each other in the comments section. I don't feel that is censorship as much as them controlling what kind of community they want to have. I think a lot of these sites just let anything go to get the hits which in turn gets bigger dollars for advertising. At some point it will backfire on them where people are making these videos specifically to put on YouTube and someone will get hurt.
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 9 years
Censorship = bad. Once you start it's hard to draw the line with when to stop. It's up to parents to keep an eye on their kids.
KiwiLu KiwiLu 9 years
I agree with verily
KiwiLu KiwiLu 9 years
I agree with verily
verily verily 9 years
Has YouTube gone too far? No. Have its users gone too far? Yes. YouTube would have to pay a lot of people to go through every video that was submitted to them. It's ridiculous for law enforcement to expect that. YouTube's viewers just need to be proactive in reporting inappropriate videos.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I personally don't Youtube. I do believe that there is content on there that children or young adults shouldn't see, but to censor it would a violation of freedom. I know that now you have to register in order to watch certain videos off of there, but that doesn't prevent a 16 year old saying he/she is 20. Im more concerned about the idiots who walk with their ipods on and just decide to walk freely, without paying attention, in front of my car no where near a crosswalk.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I personally don't Youtube. I do believe that there is content on there that children or young adults shouldn't see, but to censor it would a violation of freedom. I know that now you have to register in order to watch certain videos off of there, but that doesn't prevent a 16 year old saying he/she is 20. Im more concerned about the idiots who walk with their ipods on and just decide to walk freely, without paying attention, in front of my car no where near a crosswalk.
jennacyde jennacyde 9 years
If we expect YouTube to filter and censor for us then we should expect to pay for it to support all of the time and effort it takes.
laurarose520 laurarose520 9 years
I don't think they should rely on users. Users are the ones posting this stuff. Some sort of filtering needs to be used for all websites that allow users to post videos.
Linux-Traveler Linux-Traveler 9 years
It's not perfect but the youtube filtering is pretty good. Other sites like dailymotion has bigger trouble with violence and pornography.
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