Since the beginning of this year I've seen a number of videos deleted from YouTube. I don't have a lot of patience for challenging these decisions because frankly I don't care about YouTube but the most recent one is different. It came with a Community Guidelines pre-strike:
Our team has reviewed your content, and, unfortunately, we think it violates our violent criminal organizations policy. We've removed the following content from YouTube:
Video: Veteran Journalist, Abdullah Murtaja reads the news from Gaza
I couldn't even remember this video but I dug into the depths of my archives at home and found it. I've put it back up on @threespeak and it'll be at the end of this post.
This is the appeal I put in to YouTube about it:
This is both satire and makes a very serious point.
This man self identifies as an Islamic Jihadi (a terrorist). When he was killed committing a terrorist act the UN rushed to condemn Israel. It turned out he also self identified as a journalist.
As we see in this video (which is released by Hamas and has my satirical subtitles which I can't even see now) he most definitely self identifies as an Islamic Jihadi (and maybe a journalist too).
How can you use your privilege to redefine his lived experience and ignore his self identification?
YouTube has become exactly what George Orwell feared most: a Party which controls the past in order to control the future.
The other videos I've had taken down, which I will try to repost if I can find them:
Video: Shire Network News: The Ayman Al Zawahiri interview
Video: Louis Farrakhan Linda Sarsour Womens March 540
Video: Icon of Hatred FULL UNEDITED VERSION Al Durah
And here is the video which it was so important for YouTube to take down.
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