Sunday, October 30, 2011

Privacy Policy

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

So is the YouTube Partner Program Racist?

I will be responding to a blog post made by YouTube user zennie62

I would encourage you to read his hilarious blog post before you read my response.

It seems that YouTube is racist because they ignored his request to take part in the YouTube Partner meetup taking place in San Bruno that was announced on their twitter here. Now the registration form no longer works so this is basically what it detailed as outlined in this help formum post

First you would get a tour of the YouTube home office, you would get a chance to preview new product demos, you would attend a livestream talk, and get one on one optimization from Partner support.

To quote from zennie62

...this blogger signed up for the YouTube Partners meetup for Ocotber 18th, and was one of the first to do so, yet received zero feedback. Zennie62 is not a show channel, and never will be; it does news commentary and always will do that. But to not be invited to a YouTube meeting because I suddenly don’t “fit the pattern” (or complain about it) is beyond the pale – no pun intended.

Well first of all he has no way of knowing if he was one of the first to register. YouTube's Partner twitter channel (now renamed YTCreators) has over 35,000 followers and they said seating was limited. I myself also signed up for this session within minutes of the twitter announcement, however I was not selected either. You don't see me citing YouTube's antifat policy. Think about it other than Shaycarl name another fat guy on top of YouTube right now. Shaycarl has even lost the weight.

Zennie62 then goes on to talk about the fact that people are using the N-word on YouTube and that it is shameful. Welcome to the internet. He goes on to say,

YouTube’s sending a message that it doesn’t want to know your opinion, just see you act like a silly goose. There’s not even a category for “news” to find YouTubers like Zennie62 in the YouTube Partners and Creators page.

That’s wrong.

For YouTube to seem to be discouraging content producers like myself does not spell a good future for the program, and opens up a huge market for video news commentary that YouTube appears reluctant to fill. But that’s for the future – my issue now is that I feel YouTube is trying to push people like myself to the back benches because we don’t do shows, are minority, and take on news commentary.

That’s a mistake in so many ways.

First, it’s a way of silencing a person because you may disagree with their message. Second, it is playing on the edges of violation of free speech. Third, it works against the very spirit of YouTube – free expression.

Zennie62 nobody is censoring you. The fact that YouTube does not have a category for Partners who do the news (Despite the fact that YouTube HAS a category for partners who do the news click here) does not mean that they are censoring you.

Censorship is the suppression of speech. Unless you can show a message that you got from YouTube saying that you can't say something you are not being censored. If you want views you have to do what the rest of us do. Go out and get them. Network with other people, make content that people want to enjoy. We all have our slumps, and subscription glitches happen all the time on this website.

However for you to claim that YouTube is against you because of your race or because you report the news is laughable. Tell that to RussiaToday who is quickly gaining subscribers.

Friday, October 7, 2011

When is it ok to take the internet into real life?

Recently there has been a spat going on regarding Thunderf00t and Dawahfilms. Now I have gone on record in 2010 defending Dawahfilms because I believed that Thunderf00t misrepresented him. I along with many others came to his aid and reached out to him to help him rebuild his online reputation. I also offered to debate him on BlogTV and that helped expose his views to a much wider audience. DawahFilms has basically been spitting on our help ever since then.

Back in late 2010 he began his quest to hunt for Thunderf00t's docs and in a skype conversation made public by dixiecomic (now removed) he announced his plans to use that information to try and get Thunderf00t fired.

The only time it is acceptable to bring the internet into real life is when innocent people are put in danger. Now some could say that the students who attend the University that Thunderf00t does his research at could be put at risk by his videos, however up until a week ago, that University was not public knowledge. It has also been asserted by Thunderf00t that he no longer works at that University and that he has a new place of employment. However, the only person putting anyone at risk from Muslim extremists was Dawahfilms himself.

I may not agree with all of Thunderf00t's views on religion, but he does have a right to express them. Furthermore, he should have the freedom that all of us enjoy by expressing our views on the internet. Many of us live in communities where having a minority opinion can not only get you exiled, but some places of the world that carries a death sentence.

So when is it acceptable to take what happens on the internet into real life. The answer is simple, when innocent people are put in danger. Allow me to give you two examples from my own experiences.

Recently a user by the name of Variablast began filming young children and encouraging them to use racial slurs without first getting their parent's consent. He moved to a much smaller town and continued this practice. Unlike his former hometown which was so large it would be impossible to track him down, his new town was very small and rural. So I contacted the police and later informed the school district to be on the lookout for this individual. I also sent the school information to share with the parents on how to remove the videos from YouTube if they so desired. The police department was more than cooperative, hover didn't even get a reply from the school.

While I have had disagreements with Variablast in the past, such as his attack on the It Gets Better campaign and also DoctorsWithoutBorders, I chose to get involved with the police and school because I now had a better opportunity of stopping him from filming children without parental consent.

However, at no time did I attempt to contact his employer, I don't even think he has one. I made no attempt to contact his landlord or do anything else to affect his real life. Furthermore I never shared his docs with anyone.

Dawahfilms has no such excuse. His only motive is clearly laid out in that recorded skype conversation. If anyone has a copy please upload it so I may embed it here. Dawahfilms, I do not regret helping you as I try to help everyone and my intentions were pure. However I do regret ever knowing you. You are the type of user on this website that makes this place not as fun as it used to be.